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Join us Sunday May 22nd at 4:30 pm for a Women Writers in New Orleans panel featuring Cheryl Gerber, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, Farrah Rochon, and Constance Adler.
This event is free to attend.
Cheryl Gerber is a freelance journalist and documentary photographer working in New Orleans. She has been a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Associated Press, and New Orleans Magazine and has been a staff photographer for Gambit Weekly since 1994. Gerber has won several awards for her work on social issues and news photography, as well as for her book New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy.
Kelly Harris-DeBerry: Kelly Harris-DeBerry received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Cave Canem. Some of her publishing credits include: 400yrs: The story of Black people in poems written from love 1619–2019;Words Beats & Life The Global Journal of Hip Hop; Angels in the Wilderness: Young and Black in New Orleans and Beyond, Torch Literary Magazine; The National Parks Service Centennial Commemoration publication with Sonia Sanchez; Yale University’s Caduceus Journal; Southern Review; Say it Loud: Poems for James Brown and many more. Her podcast episode for About Place Journal called Congo Square: Sustaining the Sacred Post-Katrina highlights her talents as a producer and researcher. Kelly is a former guest poetry editor for Bayou Magazine at the University of New Orleans. She serves her literary community as the New Orleans Poets & Writers’ Literary Coordinator and on various community boards. Kelly is a cultural leader with business savvy.
A native of south Louisiana, USA Today Bestselling author Farrah Rochon officially began her writing career while waiting in between classes in the student lounge at Xavier University of Louisiana. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier and a Masters of Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University, Farrah decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a published novelist. She was named Shades of Romance Magazine’s Best New Author of 2007. Her debut novel, Deliver Me, the first in her Holmes Brothers series, garnered rave reviews, earning Farrah several SORMAG Readers’ Choice Awards. Farrah is a two-time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award and has been a Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award nominee. In 2015, Farrah won the Emma Award for Author of the Year. When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading, traveling the world, hanging around on Twitter, visiting Disney World, and trying to attend as many Broadway shows as her budget will allow. An admitted sports fanatic, Farrah feeds her addiction to football by watching New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons.
Constance Adler is the author of the memoir My Bayou, New Orleans Through the Eyes of a Lover. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications that include River Teeth, Oxford American, Garden & Gun, Utne Reader, Spy Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, Bayou, and Blackbird. Her work in Gambit Weekly was honored by the Louisiana Press Association with a first place award in feature writing. Peauxdunque Review/Words & Music Literary Conference honored her story “Look” with the 2020 Prize for Creative Nonfiction. A graduate of Smith College, Adler also holds an MA in creative writing from Hollins University. She lives in a yellow cottage near Bayou Saint John with a terrier named Winnie and a husband named Geoff.