For tonight’s program, three women writers discuss the city of New Orleans as a literary muse, and its unique and powerful impact on their creative development and processes. Parneshia Jones is a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and the Margaret Walker Short Story Award, and her work has appeared in several anthologies. Sales and Subsidiary Rights Manager and Poetry Editor for Northwestern University Press, she also serves on the board of Cave Canem, an organization focusing on the many voices of African-Americans in poetry. Ellen Hagen is a writer, performer, and educator whose work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and showcased at the New York International Fringe and Los Angeles Women’s Theater festivals. Dr. Kelly Norman Ellis is an associate professor of English and associate director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chicago State University. A Cave Canem fellow, her poetry collection, Tougaloo Blues, was published by Third World Press.