an assistant English professor at the University of New Orleans, received two awards for her forthcoming book Rigging a Chevy Into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague. The awards include the 2015 Trio Award from Trio House Press for emerging poets and the 2015 Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award from poetry collective Marsh Hawk Press. Hembree's debut poetry collection Skinny was published in 2012.
Michael W. Kearney,
chairman and CEO of The Kearney Companies Inc., received the 2015 C. Alvin Bertel Award from the World Trade Center of New Orleans on June 24. The award recognizes contributions to Louisiana's ports. The Kearney Companies operates one of the largest warehousing and logistics companies in the South.
was named the 2015-2016 ASCAP (American Society of Composers) Louis Armstrong Scholar by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation Inc. The Honduras native and University of New Orleans jazz studies grad student also received a $3,000 scholarship. Rossignoli will be honored at the ASCAP Foundation's annual award ceremony in December at Lincoln Center in New York.
was named recipient of the 2015 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to writers by the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana. His works include the novels A Free State and City of Refuge as well as the pivotal post-Hurricane Katrina book Why New Orleans Matters, among other works. He also wrote for the HBO TV series Treme.