Featured Authors & Panelists in Brief - W
Kent Wascom was born in New Orleans in 1986 and spent his childhood in Louisiana and Pensacola, Fla. He attended LSU and received his MFA from Florida State University. In 2012, he won the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Prize for fiction, judged by Amy Hempel. Wascom lives in Tallahassee. The Blood of Heaven is his first novel.
Jacqueline West is passionate about stories where magic intersects with everyday life, from talking cats to enchanted eyewear to paintings as portals to other worlds. A former teacher, occasional musician and two-time Pushcart nominee for poetry, Jacqueline lives with her husband in Red Wing, Minn. She dreams of dusty libraries, secret passageways and more adventures for her characters in The Books of Elsewhere series.
Recipient of the 2011 Louisiana Writer Award, James Wilcox’s nine novels include Modern Baptists and Hunk City. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker and Avenue, and he has reviewed for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times book reviews. In May 2009 LSU awarded him the Distinguished Research Master of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
David Wesley Williams is the sports editor at the Commercial Appeal in Memphis. His fiction has appeared in Harper Perennial’s Fifty-Two Stories, The Pinch, The Common and Night Train. Williams attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in 2010 where he studied under Padgett Powell. Long Gone Daddies is his debut novel.
Amy Willman earned a bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet University and a master’s degree from McDaniel College. She is a special education and communication disorders lecturer at the University of Nebraska, where she teaches American Sign Language and deaf culture. Amy Signs is her first book. She is an irrepressible traveler; her deafness does not define her. The stars are not enough; she is shooting for the universe. Amy has four cats and three are deaf.
Recipient of the 2013 Louisiana Writer Award, Christine Wiltz is a native New Orleanian and author of six books: Shoot the Money, The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld, Glass House, The Emerald Lizard, A Diamond Before You Die and The Killing Circle. She has also written a documentary, Backlash: Race and the American Dream, which aired on PBS. She has been visiting writer-in-residence at Loyola and Tulane universities.
Kit Wohl is a nationally acclaimed, award-winning author, photographer and designer. She has published 10 books. Following Arnaud’s Restaurant Cookbook, she designed and launched the Classic Recipes Series with New Orleans Classic Gumbos, which was named Cookbook of the Month by Gourmet magazine. Her sixth book, The P&G Oyster Cookbook, was named the New Orleans Magazine Cookbook of the Year. Wohl is also the author of The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs.
Peter M. Wolf is a sixth-generation member of a New Orleans family long integral to that city’s culture and commerce. Wolf is a nationally recognized land planning, urban policy and asset management authority; founder of the Thomas Moran Trust; chairman of the Godchaux-Reserve Plantation Fund; and a trustee in East Hampton of Guild Hall and the Village Preservation Society. His research and writing has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the American Federation of Arts and a Fulbright Fellowship.
Summer Wood authored Arroyo. In 2007 she received the Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation for her work on Raising Wrecker. She teaches writing at the University of New Mexico’s Taos Summer Writers’ Conference. In 2009 she directed the first NEA Big Read in Taos. She divides her time between Taos, N.M., and New Orleans.
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