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Julie Kane

Poet
Natchitoches, LA

Julie Kane is the author of Rhythm & Booze (University of Illinois Press, 2003), which was Maxine Kumin's selection for the National Poetry Series and a finalist for the 2005 Poets' Prize, and Jazz Funeral (Story Line Press, 2009), chosen by judge David Mason for the Donald Justice Poetry Prize. Her latest book is a collection of humorous poems: Paper Bullets (White Violet Press, 2014). A former George Bennett Fellow in Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy, New Orleans Writer in Residence at Tulane University, and Fulbright Scholar to Vilnius Pedagogical University (Lithuania), she is Professor Emeritus of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She was the 2011-2013 Louisiana Poet Laureate.

Jessica Kinnison

Fiction Writer
New Orleans, LA

Jessica Kinnison holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Chatham University in Pittsburgh where she taught creative writing in the Allegheny County Jail, as part of the Words Without Walls program. Her short stories have appeared in Juked, Pif Magazine, Fiction Southeast, and The Southern Humanities Review, among others. Her play “Baby” won the Southwest Theatre and Film Association’s Short Play Contest in 2008. Her story "Bone on Bone" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Jackson Free Press, The Clarion Ledger, and Art Voices Magazine, among others. She serves as Operations Manager and Director of the Wellness University at Project Lazarus, a nonprofit transitional housing facility for people living with HIV/ AIDS, and teaches creative writing in the Wellness University, Orleans Parish Prison, and the Loyola University New Orleans Writing Institute. She lives in, owns and operates The Bakery, a community art space in St. Roch.

Mary Helen Lagasse

Fiction Writer
Metairie, LA

John Lambremont

Poet
Baton Rouge, LA

John Lambremont, Sr. is a poet and writer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A. John has a B.A. in Creative Writing and a J.D. from Louisiana State University. His most recent full-length poetry volume is "Dispelling The Indigo Dream," Local Gems Poetry Press, 2013; and his chapbook is "What It Means To Be A Man (And Other Poems Of Life And Death)," Finishing Line Press, 2015. John's poems have been published internationally in many reviews and anthologies, including Clarion, The Minetta Review, The Chaffin Journal, Picayune, and Words & Images, and he has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. His new full-length poetry volume, "The Moment Of Capture," will be published in June 2017 by Lit Fest Press.

Bill Lavender

Poet
New Orleans, LA

Bill Lavender is a poet, editor, and teacher living in New Orleans. His most recent book is his acclaimed verse memoir, Memory Wing. His poems have appeared in dozens of print and web journals and anthologies, and his essays and theoretical writings have been published in Contemporary Literature and Poetics Today, among others.

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