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Cara Blue Adams

Fiction Writer
Baton Rouge, LA

Cara Blue Adams's fiction has appeared in Narrative, The Kenyon Review, and The Sun, among other journals. She won the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize. She lives in Baton Rouge, where she is the fiction and nonfiction editor of The Southern Review.

Constance Adler

Creative Nonfiction Writer
New Orleans, LA

Benjamin Aleshire

Poet
New Orleans, LA

BENJAMIN ALESHIRE is based in New Orleans, LA, & Burlington, VT. Poetry, essays, & criticism have appeared in many journals. In addition to writing, Ben also tours widely as a cornetist with the Vermont Joy Parade, & is active in theatre and as an exhibiting visual artist. He has been awarded residencies at the BCA Center, New City Galerie, & Bluseed Studios. In 2010 he founded Honeybee Press, which publishes The Salon: A Journal of Poetry & Fiction, as well as a hand-bound poetry series, using hand-made paper, block carving, and letter-press.

Kathleen Balma

Poet
Alexandria, LA

Katy Balma is a teacher-librarian from the Ohio River Valley in Southern Illinois, an area that is nicknamed Little Egypt, possibly for its geographic similarity to the Nile Delta. This may have been a factor in her decision to move to Alexandria, Louisiana, but honestly, what poet could resist becoming a "Librarian of Alexandria," given the chance? Ms. Balma spent a gap year in Australia before earning a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Southern Illinois University, followed by an MFA, MLS, and K-12 teaching license from Indiana University. She lived in the Hoosier state for a total of eight years and has since made her home in Spain, where she worked as a Fulbright English teacher at a bilingual elementary school, and in New England, where she worked as a middle school Spanish teacher and a literature instructor at University of Connecticut. She has traveled extensively on a shoestring budget to countries on or near the Mediterranean, including Portugal, France, Andorra, Morocco, Italy, Vatican City, and Turkey. Her first book of poetry was recently completed and is in search of a good home.

Jeannette Barnes

Poet
Pineville, LA

Born in New London, CT, April 11, 1956; grew up in Virginia and Trinidad, British West Indies. Studied at The Colorado College, Bread Loaf, B.A. in English from University of West Florida, Master of Library Information Studies from the University of Alabama. Taught English as a Second Language for 4 years on Okinawa, Japan. Friends call her The Resourceress. Lifelong rider who delights in working and schooling Andalusian and Lipizzanner horses. Formerly an academic department head, now proudly serving as Patient Medical Librarian for the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Alexandria. Yes, I truly do work for the Library at Alexandria.

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