Featured Authors & Panelists in Brief - A
Aimee Agresti is author of the young adult novels Illuminate and Infatuate. She is also a former Us Weekly staff writer and entertainment journalist whose work has appeared in People, Premiere, Capitol File, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Boston magazine, Women's Health and the New York Observer. Aimee has made countless TV and radio appearances dishing about celebrities on Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, E!, The Insider, Extra, VH1, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, Headline News, A&E, and ABC News Now.
David Allaway is the director of the Heritage Program for the Saint John's Bible and has held that position for 3 years. Prior to joining Saint John's, Allaway held numerous upper management positions in the Fashion Industry, serving as senior vice president of sales and marketing for companies such as Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karen and Sean John. He resides in NYC.
Barry Jean Ancelet is the Granger and Debaillon/BORSF endowed professor of francophone studies as well as a folklore and research fellow in the Center for Louisiana Studies. He is also head of the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has written several papers, articles and books as well as performed in concerts. He has also contributed to festivals, records, museum exhibitions, documentary films and television and radio programs on various aspects of Louisiana's Cajun and Creole cultures and languages.
David Armand, a Louisiana native, is associate editor for Louisiana Literature. His first novel, The Pugilist's Wife, published by Texas Review Press in 2011 won the George Garrett Fiction Prize. He lives near Hammond with his wife and children. Harlow is his second novel.
Tom Aswell is an award-winning journalist who worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 25 years. His work has appeared in nine Louisiana newspapers including The Advocate and News-Star. The former disc jockey owned and coached a semi-pro baseball team and has worked for Louisiana's Office of Risk Management since 1991. He lives with his wife in Denham Springs, La.
Christee Atwood has written five business books, led personal and professional development classes, conducted leadership seminars and practiced strategic planning since 1986. Atwood's background in radio, television and newspaper has helped her realize the importance of sharing knowledge while her time as a stand-up comic helped her realize that sharing knowledge is even better when you link laughter with learning.
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