The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival Announces New Board Members 2019-2020
The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is proud to announce the introduction of three new members to their 2019-2020 Board of Directors. New members C. Morgan Babst, Christy Harowski, Matthew Griffin and board officers were approved at the Annual Meeting held June 12, 2019.
Native New Orleanian, C. Morgan Babst studied writing at NOCCA, Yale, and NYU, and her essays and short fiction have appeared in Garden and Gun, The Oxford American, Guernica, the Harvard Review, Lenny Letter, and the New Orleans Review, among others. Her debut novel, The Floating World, was named one of the best books of the year by Amazon and Kirkus Reviews and was a New York Times Editors' Pick.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Matthew Griffin worked for several years as Assistant to the Director of Highlander Research and Education Center, a renowned hub of grassroots organizing for social justice throughout the South and Appalachia. His first novel Hide was the winner of the 2017 Crook's Corner Book Prize and an ALA Stonewall Honor Book. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Granta, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. Born and raised in North Carolina, he lives with his husband in New Orleans where he teaches at Tulane University and Loyola University.
Christy Harowski is the Chief of Staff for the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board where she focuses on policy execution, government relations, strategic planning, and special projects. Prior to joining the S&WB, Christy was Director of Special Projects for the Business Council of New Orleans. Before shifting to policy work, Christy practiced law for ten years. She serves on the board of Louisiana Appleseed, is an Adjunct Professor teaching trial advocacy at Tulane Law School, and was recently honored as a member of Gambit's 40 Under 40. Christy lives with her husband and three sons in New Orleans.