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Baton Rouge, LA
Ava Leavell Haymon is the Poet Laureate of Louisiana (2013-2015) and author of four collections of poetry, including Eldest Daughter, Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread, Kitchen Heat and The Strict Economy of Fire, along with five chapbooks. She is the editor of the forthcoming Louisiana State University Press, Barataria Poetry Series (Spring 2014) and has been awarded the Louisiana Literature Prize for poetry in 2003, the L.E. Phillabaum Poetry Award for 2010, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters 2011 Award in Poetry and has taught as an Artist in the Schools for a number of years. Her third book, Why The House Was Made Of Gingerbread, was chosen as one of the top ten books of 2010 by Women’s Voices for Change. Ava’s work has appeared in Northwest Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, and others. Seven of her plays have been produced by Playmakers of Baton Rouge in theaters and schools throughout Louisiana and Texas, including The Troll Girl and the Princess, The Mermaid Who Couldn't Sing, and The Quest of Jodie Nothing. She has collaborated with many different artists and in several genres: a film, dance productions, written text for artist books and text for musical composition, recently "The Gretel Songs" for Mary Carol Warwick, premiered by the Greenbriar Consort of the Houston Symphony. Author photo by David Humphreys
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
Dixon Hearne teaches and writes in Louisiana and Mississippi. He is the author of four books and editor/co-editor of several anthologies. His short fiction, poetry, and non-fiction appear widely in magazines, journals and anthologies, including Louisiana Literature, Wisconsin Review, New Plains Review, Cream City Review, Big Muddy, Mature Living and Hawai'i Pacific Review, and The Southern Poetry Anthology-Louisiana, Vol. 4.
New Orleans, LA
Carolyn Hembree has poems out or forthcoming in COLORADO REVIEW, GULF COAST, INDIANA REVIEW, JUBILAT, THE SOUTHERN POETRY ANTHOLOGY and WITNESS, among two dozen other journals and anthologies. In 2012, Kore Press published her first collection, SKINNY. Her poetry has received three Pushcart Prize nominations, a PEN Writers Grant, a Southern Arts Federation Grant, and a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship Award in Literature. Before completing her MFA, she found employment as a cashier, housecleaner, cosmetics consultant, telecommunicator, actor, receptionist, paralegal, coder, and freelance writer. Carolyn grew up in Tennessee and Alabama. She teaches at the University of New Orleans and serves as Poetry Editor of BAYOU.