Maurice Ruffin’s new publication, and a book signing

Peauxdunque founding member Maurice Carlos Ruffin will have a new publication in the Fall 2016 issue of Virginia Quarterly Review–his beautiful essay, “Fine Dining in New Orleans,” about race, class, and the shifting historical symbologies of eating out. You won’t want to miss this one.

In addition, Maurice‘s work is included in the upcoming New Orleans Noir: The Classics, edited by Julie Smith and including short stories by such other luminaries as James Lee Burke, Armand Lanusse, Grace King, Kate Chopin, O. Henry, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Shirley Ann Grau, John William Corrington, Tom Dent, Ellen Gilchrist, Valerie Martin, O’Neil De Noux, John Biguenet, Poppy Z. Brite, Nevada Barr, and Ace Atkins. Publisher’s Weekly recently gave the anthology a starred review, and singled out Maurice’s story, “The Pie Man,” calling it “a powerful examination of ethnic tensions in post-Katrina New Orleans.” The anthology will be released on March 1, and a book release reading and signing is on tap for Garden District Book Shop that day, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., featuring Julie Smith, Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr, O’Neil Denoux, and Maurice.

A starred review and another publication for Maurice

Maurice Carlos Ruffin‘s short story, “The Pie Man” (originally published in The South Carolina Review, and recipient of UNO’s 2011 Ernest Svenson Fiction Award) will appear in the upcoming (March 2016) anthology, New Orleans Noir: The Classics, edited by Julie Smith and published by Akashic Books. Publisher’s Weekly recently gave the anthology a starred review, and singled out “The Pie Man,” calling it “a powerful examination of ethnic tensions in post-Katrina New Orleans.”

Maurice will also have a new story coming out in the upcoming first issue of Situate magazine, a journal that will devote its content to a rotating roster of cities. The first issue will focus on New Orleans, and will include Maurice’s story, “A Brief Visit to San Dominick.”

Peauxdunque publishing on both sides of the pond

In the latest publication news from Peauxdunque, April Blevins Pejic will have her excellent essay, “Affray,” published in the next issue of Green Briar Review. And Tad Bartlett will have his short story, “Birmingham Breakdown,” published in the upcoming issue of The Stockholm Review of Literature! Keep an eye on Peauxdunque’s Facebook page for links to these stories, and more, as they go live.

Peauxdunque Pushcart nominees for 2015

Maurice and TadFor 2015 small press publications, two of Peauxdunque’s own have been tapped as nominees for the Pushcart Prize. For fiction, Maurice Carlos Ruffin‘s short story, “The Boy Who Would Be Oloye,” has been nominated by The Massachusetts Review. This is Maurice’s second Pushcart nomination, as he also received a nomination last year from The Knicknackery. For non-fiction, Tad Bartlett‘s piece, “Head Space,” has been nominated by The Writing Disorder.

Onward into 2016!

A Peaux/Real World!

PeauxRealThe New Orleans Fringe Fest has grown and evolved into the Faux/Real Festival, two and a half weeks of theater, music, dance, art, and writings on the edge. And this year they have given over their writers’ space, the Faux/Real Cafe, to the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance, on Wednesday night, November 11, from 6:30 to 9:30.

What happens when eight writers leave their personal podunks and come to New Orleans and start getting fo’ real? Come to the Faux/Real Cafe to find out! Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Cassie Pruyn, Zach Bartlett, Terri Shrum, Andrew Kooy, Emilie Staat, Tad Bartlett, and Caroline Goetze take the stage at 6:30 (along with a special spectral appearance by Susan Kagan), and the verbal slings and arrows don’t stop flying until 9:30. Cafe Faux/Real is a venue set up just for the Faux/Real Festival, where coffee and drinks and books will be for sale while the readings go. THIS READING IS FREE, though all Faux/Real events can be attended with a Faux/Real Button ($5 gets you an awesome collectors’ button that also happens to get you into more than two weeks of premier art out beyond the boundaries).

See you there! (At 2161 N. Rampart)

Ruffin named CWW Distinguished Alumnus

Maurice at the 2011 Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers

Maurice at the 2011 Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers

At a ceremony at the University of New Orleans tonight, Peauxdunquian Maurice Carlos Ruffin will be named a “Distinguished Alumnus” of UNO’s Creative Writing Workshop MFA program. Peauxdunque is proud to have a broad and deep connection to the CWW. Several members of Peauxdunque have graduated from or are still attending the CWW, including Maurice, April Blevins PejicDana Glass, Tad Bartlett, Caroline Goetze, Andrew Kooy, and Emily Capdeville. In addition, several CWW faculty members (and themselves incredibly distinguished alums of the CWW) have read at our occasional “Yeah, You Write” reading series, including Bill Loefhelm, Amanda Boyden, and Joseph Boyden.

Maurice graduated from the CWW in 2013 as the recipient of the Joanna Leake Prize for Fiction Thesis for his short story collection “It’s Good to See You’re Awake.” In 2011, in his first year in the program, he was awarded the Ernest Svenson Fiction Award (which has subsequently been won by Peauxdunquians Tad Bartlett in 2014 and Dana Glass in 2015). Since graduating from the CWW, Maurice has won the 2014 Iowa Review Award for Fiction, the 2014 Short Fiction Contest from So To Speak magazine, and the 2014 gold medal in the novel-in-progress category of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom writing competition. Maurice’s fiction and non-fiction have been published in Iowa Review, So To Speak, Callaloo, Cicada, The Massachusetts Review, New Delta Review, The Knicknackery, Writing Tomorrow, Redivider, 94 Creations, Apalachee Review, Regarding Arts & Letters, Ellipsis, and South Carolina Review, as well as in the maps-and-essays collection, Unfathomable City, and the Scars anthology.

Congratulations, Maurice!

Peauxdunque with Literati Glitterati

This week is filled with events where Peauxdunquians read with, mingle with, and interview some of the leading lights of literature.

The events start tonight at Garden District Book Shop, as Maurice Carlos Ruffin and Emilie Staat read from their contributions to the Scars anthology, joined by editor Erin Wood. The anthology is newly released by Et Alia Press. Maurice, Emilie, and Erin will be reading from 5:30 to 6:30, at 2727 Prytania Street.

On Thursday, October 29, Peauxdunque leads a reading of new works at the Words & Music Conference at the Hotel Monteleone (200-block of Royal Street) at 4:45 p.m. Maurice will be joined by Terri Shrum, Tad Bartlett, J.Ed. Marston, and Zach Bartlett, who are on the bill with 2015 Kirkus Award nominee Harrison Scott Key, writer and documentarian Ellen Ann Fentress, and Faulkner-Wisdom competition gold medalist Emily Capdeville and short-lister Alex Johnson. The reading will take place in Royal Suites C & D.

On Saturday, October 31, the events head up to the Louisiana Book Festival on the state capitol grounds in Baton Rouge. At 11 a.m. in the House Chamber, Maurice Carlos Ruffin will moderate a presentation by 2015 National Book Award Long-Lister T. Geronimo Johnson, and his book, Welcome to Braggsville. At 1:15 p.m. in Senate Committee Room A, Emilie Staat will interview 2015 Booklist Top-Ten (and New York Times Best-Seller) author M.O. Walsh regarding his book, My Sunshine Away. At 2:15 in the same room, Emilie will interview Jami Attenberg, author of Saint Mazie: A Novel.

A great week and weekend for writing and for books. Come join us!