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John Biguenet featured storyteller at Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Loyola press release - June 8, 2009

What: Southern Storytellers featuring John Biguenet

When: Saturday, June 13, 2 p.m.

Where: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans

Cost: Free to museum members; $5 for students; $10 non-members

Contact: Stephanie Spicer, 504-539-9618

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will feature Loyola University New Orleans professor and playwright John Biguenet as part of its Southern Storytellers series on Saturday, June 13, at 2 p.m. Biguenet will join Southeastern Louisiana University's writer-in-residence Tim Gautreaux as storytellers at the event, which will be moderated by published writer and columnist for The Times-Picayune, Chris Rose. The event will also offer readings and book signings.

Admission to the event is free to museum members, $5 for students with valid identification and $10 for other non-museum members.

Biguenet, the Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor, is a New Orleans native whose books include "The Torturer’s Apprentice," a collection of short stories; and the novel "Oyster." His works for the theater include "Wundmale," "The Vulgar Soul" and "Rising Water," the winner of the National New Play Network Commission Award and a number of other honors. "Shotgun," the second play in the "Rising Water" trilogy, premiered in May at the Southern Repertory Theater. His short stories have appeared in magazines including Granta, Esquire, Playboy, Storie (Rome), Story and Zoetrope. Biguenet has twice been elected president of the American Literary Translators Association. He is an O. Henry award winner for his short fiction and a New York Times guest columnist.

Gautreaux, a professor emeritus and writer-in-residence in the English department at Southeastern Louisiana University, is a native of Morgan City, La., and currently resides in Hammond. Gautreaux’s published works include two collections of short stories, "Same Place, Same Things" and "Welding with Children," and three novels, "The Next Step in the Dance," "The Clearing" and "The Missing." His previous honors include a National Magazine Award, the John Dos Passos Prize, the Heasley Prize, the Southeastern Booksellers Award for Best Novel, the Mid-South Booksellers Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, GQ and Zoetrope and also in volumes of the O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South. Previously, he was the John Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.

The Southern Storytellers series began in 2008 as a series to spotlight writers state-by-state. This series is a presentation of the Ogden Museum’s Kohlmeyer Circle, a group of young art and cultural enthusiasts who creatively support the museum. The museum is located at 925 Camp St.

For more information, contact Stephanie Spicer of the Ogden Museum at 504-539-9618.

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