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Martha McFerren

New Orleans, LA

Bryan T. McMahon

Ponchatoula, LA

Michael McManus

Fiction Writer, Poet
West Monroe, LA

Patrice Melnick

Creative Nonfiction Writer
Grand Coteau, LA

Patrice Melnick is a writer, arts administrator, educator and business owner. Melnick taught English and creative writing at Xavier University in New Orleans for 13 years where she founded one of the first creative writing programs at a Historically Black University. She has taught a Literary Nonfiction Workshop in the low-residency MFA program at the University of New Orleans. Her essays and poems have appeared in Grain, The Xavier Review, Buffalo Bones and Prism International and other journals. Turning Up the Volume (Xavier Press) a memoir, was published in 2005. Po-Boy Contraband was published in 2012 (Catalyst Book Press.) Following Hurricane Katrina, Melnick moved from New Orleans to Grand Coteau, Louisiana, where she opened up a gift shop and started a literary reading and open mic series. In 2010 she established the nonprofit organization the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective which promotes the literary arts in the surrounding rural communities. Patrice Melnick holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Laura Mullen

Baton Rouge, LA

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