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Steve Weddle grew up on the Louisiana/Arkansas line, holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Louisiana State University and works for a newspaper group. He lives with his family in Virginia. His debut novel, Country Hardball, was called “downright dazzling” by The New York Times. He blogs weekly at dosomedamage.com and edits Needle: A Magazine of Noir. www.steveweddle.com. #LouisianaBookFestival #SteveWeddle

Steve Weddle grew up on the Louisiana/Arkansas line, holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Louisiana State University and works for a newspaper group. He lives with his family in Virginia. His debut novel, Country Hardball, was called “downright dazzling” by The New York Times. He blogs weekly at dosomedamage.com and edits Needle: A Magazine of Noir. www.steveweddle.com. #LouisianaBookFestival #SteveWeddle

Ashley Mace Havird, of Shreveport, has published two chapbooks and a full-length collection, The Garden of the Fugitives, which won the 2013 X.J. Kennedy Prize. Her poems and short stories have appeared widely in such journals as Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Southern Poetry Review and Virginia Quarterly Review. Awards for her work include a 2002 Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. #LouisianaBookFestival #AshleyMaceHavrid

Ashley Mace Havird, of Shreveport, has published two chapbooks and a full-length collection, The Garden of the Fugitives, which won the 2013 X.J. Kennedy Prize. Her poems and short stories have appeared widely in such journals as Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Southern Poetry Review and Virginia Quarterly Review. Awards for her work include a 2002 Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. #LouisianaBookFestival #AshleyMaceHavrid

Connie Collins Morgan grew up minutes away from the magical bayous of Lafayette Parish. Her passion for the power of the written word led her to a degree in elementary education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a master’s in children’s literature from Hollins University. She and her husband live in the mountains of West Virginia near their four children but far from her Cajun home. Her French heritage, however, remains close at heart. #LouisianaBookFestival…

Connie Collins Morgan grew up minutes away from the magical bayous of Lafayette Parish. Her passion for the power of the written word led her to a degree in elementary education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a master’s in children’s literature from Hollins University. She and her husband live in the mountains of West Virginia near their four children but far from her Cajun home. Her French heritage, however, remains close at heart. #LouisianaBookFestival…

Keith S. Clark is an English and African and African American Studies professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He is the author of The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry and Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines and August Wilson. In addition to publishing widely on Ernest Gaines’s fiction, Clark participated in the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ “Big Read” program in 2009, lecturing throughout the state on Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying. #KeithClark #LBF2014

Keith S. Clark is an English and African and African American Studies professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He is the author of The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry and Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines and August Wilson. In addition to publishing widely on Ernest Gaines’s fiction, Clark participated in the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ “Big Read” program in 2009, lecturing throughout the state on Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying. #KeithClark #LBF2014

Meriah Lysistrata Crawford teaches research and writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Crawford is a private investigator, writer and editor. She most recently co-edited the multi-genre anthology Trust & Treachery: Tales of Power and Intrigue. Crawford has also published stories in several genres, as well as essays, a variety of scholarly works and a poem about semicolons. #LouisianaBookFestival #MeriahCrawford

Meriah Lysistrata Crawford teaches research and writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Crawford is a private investigator, writer and editor. She most recently co-edited the multi-genre anthology Trust & Treachery: Tales of Power and Intrigue. Crawford has also published stories in several genres, as well as essays, a variety of scholarly works and a poem about semicolons. #LouisianaBookFestival #MeriahCrawford

Michaux Dempster, born and raised in Baton Rouge, is an assistant professor of focused inquiry at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a student at VCU, she was the first recipient of the David Baldacci Fiction Fellowship. #LouisianaBookFestival #MichauxDempster

Michaux Dempster, born and raised in Baton Rouge, is an assistant professor of focused inquiry at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a student at VCU, she was the first recipient of the David Baldacci Fiction Fellowship. #LouisianaBookFestival #MichauxDempster

Jeff Crouere hosts Ringside Politics, a New Orleans-based TV and radio program that focuses on critical issues of the day. It airs on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and weekday mornings on 990 WGSO-AM and WGSO.com. Crouere writes a regular column for several print and online publications, including BayouBuzz.com and Townhall.com. He also hosts a monthly stage show called Politics with a Punch, a Louisiana version of Politically Incorrect. #LouisianaBookFestival #JeffCrouere

Jeff Crouere hosts Ringside Politics, a New Orleans-based TV and radio program that focuses on critical issues of the day. It airs on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and weekday mornings on 990 WGSO-AM and WGSO.com. Crouere writes a regular column for several print and online publications, including BayouBuzz.com and Townhall.com. He also hosts a monthly stage show called Politics with a Punch, a Louisiana version of Politically Incorrect. #LouisianaBookFestival #JeffCrouere

Shane Finkelstein majored in English at the University of Maryland. After college, he moved to Atlanta and published a magazine called University Reporter, which subsequently became INsite Magazine. After nine years in Atlanta, he met his wife Courtney and they travelled around the world in Y2K. Returning to the states, they moved to New Orleans. #LouisianaBookFestival #ShaneFinkelstein

Shane Finkelstein majored in English at the University of Maryland. After college, he moved to Atlanta and published a magazine called University Reporter, which subsequently became INsite Magazine. After nine years in Atlanta, he met his wife Courtney and they travelled around the world in Y2K. Returning to the states, they moved to New Orleans. #LouisianaBookFestival #ShaneFinkelstein

John R. Kemp writes about Southern artists for various regional and national magazines. His most recent books include An Artist’s Vision of New Orleans: The Paintings of Alan Flattmann, A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana (co-editor) and Rolland Golden: The Journeys of a Southern Artist. Kemp, art columnist for Louisiana Life magazine, covers the New Orleans art scene for the WYES New Orleans public television show Steppin’ Out.  #LouisianaBookFestival…

John R. Kemp writes about Southern artists for various regional and national magazines. His most recent books include An Artist’s Vision of New Orleans: The Paintings of Alan Flattmann, A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana (co-editor) and Rolland Golden: The Journeys of a Southern Artist. Kemp, art columnist for Louisiana Life magazine, covers the New Orleans art scene for the WYES New Orleans public television show Steppin’ Out. #LouisianaBookFestival…

Tim Parrish, a native of north Baton Rouge, is the author of Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, a Memoir (Louisiana Library Association's 2014 Literary Award First Honorable Mention); The Jumper, a novel (winner of Texas Review Press's 2012 George Garrett Prize for Fiction); and Red Stick Men: stories (University Press of Mississippi). Parrish is a professor at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. #LouisianaBookFestival #TimParrish

Tim Parrish, a native of north Baton Rouge, is the author of Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, a Memoir (Louisiana Library Association's 2014 Literary Award First Honorable Mention); The Jumper, a novel (winner of Texas Review Press's 2012 George Garrett Prize for Fiction); and Red Stick Men: stories (University Press of Mississippi). Parrish is a professor at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. #LouisianaBookFestival #TimParrish

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