The Blood Jet Poetry Series’s fiction night, hosted by Tom Andes, will feature Katy Simpson Smith and Julia Carey on Wednesday, March 15, at 8 p.m. at B.J.’s (4301 Burgundy).
Katy Simpson Smith was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is the author of We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835, and the novels The Story of Land and Sea and Free Men. Her writing has also appeared in The Oxford American, Granta, Literary Hub, Garden & Gun, and Lenny. She lives in New Orleans.
After narrowly dodging a life as a concert pianist, Julia Carey chose instead to be a New Orleanian — which meant diving headfirst in to running restaurants and writing poetry and trying to figure out how to get her kids into the right kindergarten. With her MFA in fiction from LSU, Julia teaches in the Loyola University English department as well as the Bard Early College Program. A winner of the William Faulkner William Wisdom Poetry Award and Pushcart Prize nominated, her work can be found in journals such as Psychopomp, the Dudley Review, Mason’s Road and VIDA as well as the anthologies Louisiana in Words and New Orleans: What Can’t Be Lost.