Room 220 presents a reading from Lara Naughton and Justin Nobel at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, at Antenna Gallery (3718 St. Claude Ave.). Naughton will read from her debut memoir The Jaguar Man. Nobel will read from his forthcoming book, The Story of Dan Bright.
Lara Naughton is a New Orleans-based documentary playwright, memoirist, and writing instructor. With more than twenty years experience, she has worked with students K-12 as well as adults, and has led writing workshops with individuals who have faced challenging circumstances, including homelessness, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, wrongful conviction, incarceration, and torture. She is a certified Compassion Cultivation Trainer through the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, and Chair of Creative Writing at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Her documentary play Never Fight A Shark in Water: The Wrongful Conviction of Gregory Bright has been performed on stages across the country.
Justin Nobel writes about science and culture for publications like Oxford American, Orion, Audubon, Tin House, Nautilus, and Newsweek. His story, “The Last Inuit of Quebec,” was published in Best American Travel Writing 2011 and a story about fire ants was published in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014. His new book, The Story of Dan Bright, about a wrongfully convicted New Orleans man, will be published by UNO Press in November.