Leopold (Lee) Froehlich is managing editor of Playboy, and has worked with everyone from T.C. Boyle to Liesl Schillinger over the years. Froehlich recently completed editing the six-volume 3,600-page Hugh Hefner’s Playboy for Taschen. Among his feature stories about New Orleans for the magazine is Venus on the Half Shell on the inimitable Louisiana oyster.
Tom Franklin, a master in the realm of dark, southern gothic fiction, is the co-author with his wife Beth Ann Fennelly of the new novel, The Tilted World, an epic story set during the great Mississippi River flood of the 20s.
Randy Fertel, Ph.D., A lover of fine wines and fine food, has long been dining out on the stories that make up his debut book, The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steaks: A New Orleans Family Memoir, an October 2011 release of The University Press of Mississippi.
Beth Ann Fennelly, one of America’s most accomplished and widely published poets, lives in Oxford, MS with her husband, fiction writer Tom Franklin, and their three children. She teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at University of Mississippi. Fennelly has published three full-length poetry books.
Pamela Binnings Ewen, who has enjoyed a dual career in writing and law, had her latest novel, An Accidental Life, published in August. Her previous novel, Chasing the Wind, builds on the story of her female character in her first novel, Dancing on Glass,published in 2011.
Moira Crone has published two novels and three books of stories, most recently, What Gets Into Us. Recent works of hers appear in Oxford American, Triquarterly, Habitus, and New Orleans Review.
Hal Clark’s novel, Marrero Action, was a finalist in the 2007 Faulkner Prizes Competition and he has been a finalist with other work. He adapted Marrero Action into a stage play which ran for a month in 2009 at the Anthony Bean Theater in New Orleans and has enjoyed a second successful run last year.
Tom Carson is author of the novels Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter and Gilligan’s Wake, a New York Times Notable Book of The Year for 2003. Currently GQ’s “The Critic,” he won two NationalMagazine Awards for criticism as Esquire magazine’s “Screen” columnist and has been nominated two more times since then.
Roy Blount Jr. is the author of 23 books, about a wide range of things, from the first woman president of the United States to what barnyard animals are thinking.
An author faculty member of Words & Music 2014, George Bishop is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Letter to My Daughter, which at its core is a story of the collateral damage of war, with the book’s Vietnam episodes giving the book its moral center.