Director, Professional Writing Minor
Associate Professor of English
M.F.A., University of New Orleans, 1993
B.A., University of New Orleans, 1985
Specialties: Writing (general nonfiction, feature journalism, literary nonfiction, fiction, and good ol' comp). Literature: the works of Flannery O'Connor.
Before switching to academia, Professor Laborde worked as a publicist, newsletter editor, freelance journalist, and general writer-for-hire. Her short stories and literary essays have appeared in various anthologies and journals, and she sponsors and judges the Creative Nonfiction division of the Soul-Making Literary Competition. She is a recipient of a Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist's Fellowship, a Louisiana Cultural Economy Grant and, most recently, the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Medal (novella division).
She is the author of two books: The Story behind the Painting: Frederick J. Brown's The Assumption of Mary at Xavier University (Xavier Review Press, 2012) and Do Not Open: The Discarded Refrigerators of Post-Katrina New Orleans (McFarland 2010).
Professor Laborde is the Managing Editor of both Xavier Review and Xavier Review Press.
Professor Laborde may be contacted at: (504) 520-5151 or by e-mail at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org.