The N.O. Loving Festival presents: NATIVE. HOMELAND. EXILE.

Five New Orleans writers will explore the theme native, homeland, exile through readings and a Q&A from 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11,  at the Press Street HQ (3718 St. Claude Ave.).

They will provide attendees a concert of voices from women writers of color that unflinchingly captures the coming of age in America’s New South. This event is part of the New Orleans Loving Festival, a multiracial community celebration and film festival that challenges racial discrimination through outreach and education.

This event is free and open to the public.

The authors:

ADDIE CITCHENS is a Mississippi native and New Orleans-based writer of literary fiction. She has been featured in the Oxford American‘s “Best of the South” edition, in Calloloo journal, and others.


JERI HILT is a Louisiana native with roots in New Orleans, Avoyelles Parish, and Shreveport. She writes fiction and teaches literacy in the Lower Ninth Ward.

AMBATA KAZI-NANCE is a writer and teacher living in her hometown New Orleans with her husband and son. She writes for Azizah magazine and Grow Mama Grow, a blog for Muslim mothers.


J.R. RAMAKRISHNAN‘s journalism has appeared in Style.comHarper’s BazaarChicago Tribune, and Grazia, amongst other publications. Her fiction has appeared in [PANK]. She arrived in New Orleans by way of Brooklyn, London, and Kuala Lumpur, her original hometown. She is director of literary programs for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.


KRISTINA ROBINSON is a poet and fiction writer from New Orleans. Her work appears in the BafflerXavier Review, and the nonfictional collection of photographic portraits and essays One Drop, to name a few.


Photo by Jeri Hilt