Mona Lisa Saloy


Dillard University English Program, School of Humanities
New Orleans, LA 70122

Author's Bio

Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy, Author and Folklorist, is currently Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Professor of English at Dillard University. See her poems and scholarly articles in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Louisiana Folklore Miscellany, Children’s Folklore Review, The Journal of Southern Linguistics, the Forward to Night Sessions: Poems by David S. Cho published by CavanKerry Press (2011), and Pan African Literary Journal. Some of Dr. Saloy’s articles on “Toasts,” and the Lore of Black children are available online at the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife website. Also, her completed screenplay entitled “Rocking for a Risen Savior” premiered in Paris in 2016, one of 40 American films out of 400 submitted. In October of 2006, The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia commissioned Mona Lisa Saloy to compose and perform a poem entitled “We” celebrating 2006 Liberty Medal Recipients: President William J. Clinton and President George H.W. Bush. Saloy is featured in the new book Louisiana Poets, a guide to the state edited by Brosman and Pass (2019).

Publications & Prizes

Red Beans & Ricely Yours: Poems (Truman State University Press, 2015)
Second Line Home, New Orleans Poems (Truman State University Press, 2014)
Prizes won: 

PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award in Poetry (2006) T.S. Eliot Prize in Poetry (2005)

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African American
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New Orleans, LA
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New Orleans, LA
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Last update: Nov 06, 2019