F146. We Got Here as Fast as We Could: Debut Authors Over 35

Room 407, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Excluded from the bevy of youth-oriented literary awards and accolades that often presage success in the field, these authors, all of whom first published past the age of 35, share their work and the stories of their longer, windier paths to publication.



Mo Daviau is the author of the novel Every Anxious Wave. She is a graduate of the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan.

Jamie Duclos-Yourdon, a freelance editor and technical expert, received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. His debut novel, Froelich's Ladder, is forthcoming.

Louise Miller is a writer and pastry chef. She received a scholarship to attend GrubStreet's 2013–2014 Novel Incubator program, where she revised her first novel. Her debut The City Baker's Guide to Country Living is forthcoming.

francine j. harris’s first collection, allegiance, was a finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery and PEN Open Book Award. She is a Cave Canem fellow and a writer in residence with Front Street Writers. She is part of the creative writing faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho is the author of the story collection Barefoot Dogs. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, and Salon. He was a Journalism Knight Fellow at Stanford and a Dobie Paisano Fellow in fiction. He holds an MFA from UT Austin's New Writers Project.

Aya Deleon


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