Author Talk with Maurice Carlos Ruffin and James Nolan

Two New Orleans authors, who happen to be good friends, will read and discuss their exciting new books. We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, published by Penguin Random House Nasty Water: Collected New Orleans Poems by James Nolan, published by…

Art of the City Book Club—We Cast a Shadow

May 15, 2019 [6:00]PM 520 Royal Street Susan Larson hosts a monthly conversation with authors, artists, and audience members, in conjunction with Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation. This month’s book club will feature…

RM220’s Picks for the Best Panels and Other Events at the 2017 Tennessee Williams Festival (March 22 – 26)

One of the highlights of New Orleans literary calendar, the Tennessee Williams Festival (March 22 – 26) is celebrating its thirty-first year of festivities in 2017. Over its three decades, the festival has faithfully brought acclaimed poets, writers and playwrights from across…

Featured Essay: Transition in New Orleans

A few years ago, Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedecker asked me to contribute to their New Orleans anthology-atlas, Unfathomable City. My task was to figure out how post-Katrina New Orleans was changing. I’m not a reporter, so the thought of…

New Orleans writers round up: Lara Naughton, Jesmyn Ward, Justin Nobel, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Kristin Sanders, and Yuri Herrera

Countless writers in New Orleans are ever plucking away at their keyboards, conducting research or interviews, or simply probing their memories and inner lives to create worthwhile work. Much of this is published online, scattered disparately throughout cyberspace. Here are…

To make this inscrutable thing understandable: An interview with Anya Groner

Anya Groner’s work has appeared in Guernica, The Rumpus, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Her projects include a recently produced chapbook of poetry and a novel-in-progress called The Trouble With Girls. She has published everything from essays to…

I don’t have to leave New Orleans, it’s leaving me: An interview with Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Maurice Carlos Ruffin has always been a writer, he says, but his writing speaks for itself on this account. Ruffin, a New Orleans native, earned his MFA in 2013 and has been taking the literary community by storm ever since.…

Recently read, a New Orleans writers round up: Anya Groner, Adrian Van Young, Tad Bartlett, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Countless writers in New Orleans are ever plucking away at their keyboards, conducting research or interviews, or simply probing their memories and inner lives to create worthwhile work. Much of this is published online, scattered disparately throughout cyberspace. Here are…

New Orleans celebrates Joyce’s Ulysses with Bloomsday June 16 at the Irish House

New Orleans will celebrate James Joyce’s Ulysses with a Bloomsday get-together featuring some of the city’s most exciting writers. Yuri Herrera, Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa, Benjamin Morris, Brian Boyles, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, and Katy Simpson Smith will be among those who…

Maurice Carlos Ruffin on the rise, winning contests, constantly publishing

New Orleans author and native Maurice Carlos Ruffin, who will present tonight at the Room 220 Happy Hour Salon honoring the 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival Fiction and Poetry Contest Winners, has had a string of publishing and contest successes lately, including new stories…

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