Start 2014 with Louisiana’s award-winning authors

As we get ready to launch into the New Year, here are four intriguing
must-read authors to add to your collection.

Yusef Komunyakaa
Pleasure Dome
Born: April 29, 1947
Hometown: Bogalusa, La.
Family of five children

While living in a drastic rural area, Yusef Komunyakaa’s childhood helped
him to develop most of his poetry. The focal point Yusef Komunyakaa has for
“Pleasure Dome” are his experiences with war as a reporter.

He uses conflicting word choice to deliver an intriguing and realistic feel for comparisons and paints vibrant imagery of what he not only witnessed firsthand, but what he has imagined, perceived and wants his readers to experience when reading his work. He is currently a professor at New York University.

Olympia Vernon
Logic
Born: May 22, 1973
Hometown: Bogalusa, La.
Family of seven children

Coming from the rural south, Olympia Vernon presents us a story of a young
girl named Logic who seemingly deals with the realistic views of her life
and family around her. After graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor’s of art degree in criminal justice and a
master’s of fine arts degree in creative writing from LSU, Vernon began
writing. With Eden, Vernon moved many people which caused the birth of this awesome book, Logic. Vernon’s capable of giving readers the true depth of her writings by mentally enclosing herself from the real world and walking out every setting, scene, and time in her books.

Ernest Gaines
A Lesson Before Dying
Born: January 15, 1933
Hometown: Oscar, La.
Family of 12 children

Ernest Gaines delivers us a story of a young Black boy sentenced to death
for a crime he did not commit. In one of Gaines many successes he gives us A
Lesson Before Dying which has been awarded the National Humanities Award and has been translated into many different languages. Currently, Gaines is honored with the Ernest J. Gaines Center for Reading at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has received the 2012 National Medal of the Arts. His work has been discussed, debated, and performed worldwide.

By Crystal Brown
Contributing Writer
@jozefsyndicate

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