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Mona Lisa Saloy

Mona Lisa Saloy, Louisiana Poet Laureate (2021-23), is an author, folklorist, educator, and scholar whose  work appears in many anthologies and journals. An active educator and scholar, Dr. Saloy is a noted speaker and storyteller, who consults to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and is an active member of the Louisiana Folklore Society. Her first book, Red Beans & Ricely Yours, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award and tied for a third. Her newest poetry collection, Second Line Home, captures the day-to-day New Orleans speech, contemplates family dynamics, celebrates New Orleans, and all in a way everyday people can enjoy.