R146. Gulf Coast Noir: Dark, Sweltering Justice

Meeting Room 1, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Writers of noir novels and stories set in the Gulf States will discuss how centering fiction on crime allows exploration of class, race, gender, environment, and the difficulty of achieving justice in a region famous for both its beauty and its troubles. We’ll look at how to build tension through the revelation of secrets and motives, and, using classic and contemporary examples, examine how the choice of point of view constructs the reader's journey into darkness and, perhaps, redemption.


Lynne Barrett, author of the story collections Magpies and The Secret Names of Women, has received the Florida Book Award's fiction gold medal and an Edgar Award for best mystery story. She teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University and edits The Florida Book Review.

Mary Anna Evans is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma. She holds an MFA from Rutgers-Camden and an engineering license. Her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Bayou, and Flyway. Her crime novels have received the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mississippi Author Award.

Vicki Hendricks is the author of five noir novels, including Miami Purity and Cruel Poetry, the latter a finalist for an MWA Edgar Award in 2008, and a collection, Florida Gothic Stories. She has recently retired after thirty-five years teaching at Broward College to continue her writing career.

Jeff Newberry is the author of a novel (A Stairway to the Sea) and a poetry collection (Brackish). The poet in residence at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, he teaches in the Writing and Communications Program and serves as an advisory editor for the literary magazine Pegasus.

Alex Segura is a crime novelist and comic book writer. He is the author of the acclaimed Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery novels Silent City, Down the Darkest Street, and Dangerous Ends. He has also written select comic books published by Archie Comics, including Archie Meets Ramones and The Archies.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside