Ann B. Dobie


Ann B. Dobie, Professor Emerita at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is the author of 15 books and editor of three anthologies of poetry and fiction by Louisiana writers. For 13 years she served as Director of the National Writing Project of Acadiana and six as chair of the Louisiana Writing Project. Her latest book is Black Women Writers of Louisiana: Telling Their Stories.





1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
A.Z. Young Park, Author Tent 1
Spotlighting Black Women Writers of Louisiana
with Tara T. Green, Ladee Hubbard, Mona Lisa Saloy, Fatima Shaik, and Ann B. Dobie

2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

Black Women Writers of Louisiana: Telling Their Stories

Louisiana has been home, by birth or adoption, to numerous literary greats. But among that talent, there's an under-celebrated cohort: Black women. Due to lack of education and opportunity, their record is fairly brief, but over the past century they have been responsible for a flowering of literature that portrays the Black experience through poetry, fiction, plays, essays and journalism. The writers profiled here have not gone wholly unrecognized though--far from it. Some have been honored with prestigious awards and have found a readership large enough to put them at the forefront of the national literary scene. Beginning with Alice Ruth Dunbar Nelson--a fiery activist, columnist and storyteller in the late nineteenth century--the work extends to Fatima Shaik, named 2021 Louisiana Writer of the Year. Join Ann B. Dobie on this celebration of Louisiana literary talent.


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