Featured Authors & Panelists in Brief - R
Jan Ramsey started OffBeat magazine and its associated entities two decades ago as an effort to improve and expand local music, culture and business. Known for her scathing Mojo Mouth essays, Ramsey has been a music activist since the early 1980s. She loves local culture and lives down the street from the H&R Bar, which was blown away by Katrina, to prove it. She is a native New Orleanian and a former good Catholic girl.
Julia Reed is a contributing editor for Garden & Gun and writes the magazine’s The High & the Low column. She authored Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties, Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena and The House on First Street, My New Orleans Story. Reed lives in New Orleans.
Jason Phillip Reeser, editor of Saint James Infirmary Books, lives and writes in Westlake, La. His ghost story anthology, The Cities of the Dead, which former Louisiana poet laureate Julie Kane called “a twist of Louisiana Gothic,” is set in the cemeteries of New Orleans. This year he published Room With Paris View, a travel memoir with his wife, poet Jennifer Reeser. He is writing the third book in his Lazaretto trilogy.
Nathaniel Rich authored The Mayor's Tongue. His essays and short fiction have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, the New York Review of Books, McSweeney’s, and The New York Times Magazine. Born in New York City, he now lives in New Orleans.
Born and raised in southwest Louisiana, Zachary Richard is best known as a singer-songwriter and musician, having recorded 20 albums, including gold and platinum records. He also is a published poet, the author of three children’s books and founder of Action Cadienne, an organization dedicated to promoting Louisiana’s Acadian culture.
Gary Richards authored Lovers and Beloveds: Sexual Otherness in Southern Fiction, 1936 – 1961; essays in The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American South, Comics and the U.S. South, Faulkner’s Sexualities and Beth Henley: A Casebook; as well as numerous other essays on Southern fiction, drama and sexuality studies. An associate professor of English, Richards chairs the Department of English, Linguistics and Communication at the University of Mary Washington.
George Rodrigue is an artist and the creator of Blue Dog, now an international pop icon. He maintains three galleries: one in New Orleans, Louisiana, one in Lafayette, Louisiana, and one in Carmel, California. For many years, he has visited with school groups across the United States.
Wendy Rodrigue is involved in Rodrigue Gallery operations and the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. She writes a weekly cultural column for Gambit’s Blog of New Orleans; works on Rodrigue exhibitions and publishing projects as needed; lectures frequently about Rodrigue’s art; and serves on the boards of directors of the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Rodrigue grew up in the Florida Panhandle, spends summers in central California, lives most days in New Orleans and calls all of it home.
Wendy Rountree is a professor of English at North Carolina Central University in Durham. Her expertise is in 20th-century American literature, specializing in African-American literature and ethnic American drama. She has published scholarly articles, two academic books — Just Us Girls: The Contemporary African-American Young Adult Novel and The Boys Club: Male Protagonists in Contemporary African-American Literature — and a young adult novel, Lost Soul.
Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s work has appeared in the South Carolina Review, the Apalachee Review, Regarding Arts & Letters and Ellipsis. An essay about post-Katrina New Orleans will appear in a book called Unfathomable City, set to be published by the University of California in the fall of 2013. His MFA thesis, It's Good to See You're Awake, received the Joanna Leake Fiction Prize from the University of New Orleans in 2013.
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