Troi Bechet

Troi Bechet is a New Orleans native, actor, and song stylist who has graced stages locally and nationally.  Tennessee Williams stage credits include Maxine Faulk in The Night of the Iguana, and Eunice Hubbell in A Streetcar Named Desire. Troi received a Big Easy Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of…

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Emilie Rhys

Emilie Rhys, a publisher of/primary contributor to New Orleans Music Observed, is a self-taught artist born in NYC, and daughter of legendary NOLA artist Noel Rockmore. Rhys’ art career spans 45 years, covering a wide variety of subjects, though largely focused on New Orleans music since 2011 (showcased in 2020-2021 at the New Orleans Jazz…

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Farrah Rochon

Farrah Rochon, USA Today bestselling author, hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She has garnered much acclaim for her popular Holmes Brothers and New York Sabers series, and for the more recent The Boyfriend Project, and The Dating Playbook which was named one of the best books of 2021 by NPR…

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Craig E. Colten

Craig E. Colten is a Professor Emeritus of Geography at LSU.  For over twenty years, he studied how marginalized communities survive, which was included in the recently published State of Disaster. He is the author of the award-winning An Unnatural Metropolis:  Wresting New Orleans from Nature, along with several other books.  He is a Fellow…

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Roy Hoffman

Roy Hoffman is the author of The Promise of the Pelican, an intergenerational, literary crime novel of today’s multicultural South; the novels Come Landfall, Chicken Dreaming Corn (praised by Harper Lee), Almost Family, and the nonfiction, Alabama Afternoons, and Back Home. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall St.…

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Peter Ho Davies

Peter Ho Davies’ most recent books are the novel A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself and his first work of nonfiction, The Art of Revision: The Last Word. Other books include the novels, The Fortunes, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and the The Welsh Girl, long-listed for the Booker Prize, as well as two…

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Constance Adler

Constance Adler is the author of My Bayou: New Orleans Through the Eyes of a Lover. Her stories have appeared in Oxford American, Gambit Weekly, Utne Reader, Peauxdunque Review, Blackbird, and forthcoming in River Teeth. She has a First-Place Award in feature writing from the Louisiana Press Association. Words & Music Literary Festival honored her…

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Peter Hagan

Peter Hagan represented theatre artists for many years. His clients included such notable writers as Alan Ball, Ariel Dorfman, Jules Feiffer, Harvey Fierstein, Horton Foote, Katori Hall, Beth Henley, David Ives, Romulus Linney, and Lynn Nottage. He became the president of the publisher and licensor Dramatists Play Service in 2013. He retired to New Orleans…

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Tom Andes

Tom Andes is a writer and musician living in New Orleans. His writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2012, and The Star-Tribune, among others. He won the 2019 Gold Medal for Best Novel-in-Progress from the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society. He has taught at institutions including San Francisco State University, Northwest Arkansas Community College,…

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Brian Altobello

Brian Altobello, historian, teacher, distance runner, and author of Whiskey, Women, and War: How the Great War Shaped Jim Crow New Orleans, received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in US History at LSU. Recognized as a “Distinguished Educator” by Louisiana’s Department of Education, Brian shares the rich history of the South as a historian…

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