S123. Xavier University of Louisiana Creative Writing Minor 20th Anniversary Reading

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Located in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana is a Historically Black and Catholic University founded by St. Katherine Drexel and the Sister of the Blessed Sacrament in 1915, and also the first to start a minor in creative writing, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. One of the founders, creative nonfiction writer Patrice Melnick, as well as a current professor, the poet and translator, Biljana D. Obradovic, will read from their work with their successful creative writing


Biljana D. Obradović is a Serbian American poet (three collections; newest, Incognito), translator (Gery, Kunitz, Weigl, de Rachewiltz, Osundare, Milanovic, Anthology Cat Painters of Serbian Poetry), who teaches at Xavier University of LA in New Orleans.

Patrice Melnick is cofounder of Xavier University's creative writing minor. Melnick writes essays and poems, and currently directs the Festival of Words nonprofit organization in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. She pays the bills working in tourism, helping visitors have fun.

Jonathan Moody holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS degree from Xavier University of Louisiana. He’s also a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Moody's first book of poetry is entitled The Doomy Poems. His second collection, Olympic Butter Gold, won the Cave Canem second book prize.

Kayla Briette Rodney, currently a student at the University of Florida pursuing her PhD in English, earned her BA in English at Xavier University of Louisiana, and her MFA in poetry at San Diego State University. Her current areas of focus are race, education, and Womanism.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside