Mona Lisa Saloy



Mona Lisa Saloy, PhD, author, folklorist, educator, and scholar of Creole culture in articles, documentaries, and poems about Black New Orleans before and after Katrina, is currently Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Professor of English at Dillard University and Louisiana Poet Laureate. Her first book, Red Beans & Ricely Yours, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Her second, Second Line Home, celebrates New Orleans Black Creole culture.



9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Capitol Park Event Center, Meeting Room
Louisiana Poets
with Kathleen Balma, Catharine Savage Brosman, Ariel Francisco, Rodger Kamenetz, Alison Pelegrin, Sha'Condria Sibley, and moderator Mona Lisa Saloy

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Capitol Park Event Center, Meeting Room
A Conversation with Jericho Brown
Jericho Brown with Mona Lisa Saloy

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 3:00 p.m.
Capitol Park Event Center, Meeting Room
Louisiana Poets with a Special Guest
with David Armand, Felice Belle, Destiny O. Birdsong, Johnette Downing, Dean Thomas Ellis, Ashley Mace Havird, Sunni Patterson, and moderator Mona Lisa Saloy

3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cavalier House Booksellers Tent
Book Signing



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