The 2015 Hands On Festival will take place from December 28 to December 31.

We accept proposals on a rolling basis. The deadline to propose is September 1st, but we encourage you to contact us early.

After September 1st, we accept proposals on a case-by-case space available basis.

Selected Highlights of the 2015 FESTIVAL:

  • Keynote Address by Dorothy Allison. Dorothy Allison will read from her work and speak to the festival’s theme of “The politics and power of place and space.”
  • Masterclass by Rodger Kamenetz: Dreams, Inspiration, and Poetry.
  • Masterclass by Moira Crone: The Craft of Short Fiction.
  • Masterclass by Lania Knight: Figure Drawing
  • Lavender Ink Reading and Reception: presented by the editor and authors of this acclaimed New Orleans press.
  • An Introduction to A House Made of Stars. In the process of writing her novel, a quick-moving tale of a poor family tormented by their own demons, Tawnysha Greene sent out chapters and excerpts to literary magazines, seeing if the work would resonate with editors. It turned out that almost everyone wanted to publish these pieces, and she ultimately released selections from her work in progress with, amongst others, Storysouth, Blue Lake review, Jmww, [Pank], A-Minor, Monkeybicycle, Waccamaw, Staccato Fiction, Eunoia, Rougarou, Cutthroat, Weave, Hobart, Elimae, Dogzplot, Bartlely Snopes, Barely South, DecomP, Emprise, Bluestem, Wigleaf… This year, Burlesque Press is immensely lucky to be publishing the complete novel. Here, at the festival, the press’s books editor will introduce both the book and its remarkable writer, Tawnysha Greene.
  • Book Fair directed by Tubby and Coos. The Hands On Festival is delighted to welcome local mid-city book sellers, Tubby and Coos, to once again run the festival’s book fair with their customary passion and expertise.

For more information, may we whet your appetite with the “festival trailer” from 2014?

Take a look, see what the festival involves:

***This schedule is considered tentative until otherwise noted.***

December 28, 2015

6 – 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception Sponsored by Lavender Ink, The Prytania Bar, Tubby & Coo’s, and Burlesque Press

Hosted by Tubby & Coo’s bookstore: 631 North Carrolton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119

December 29, 2015

Panels, Readings, and Presentations
Registration Opens at 8 am and Closes at 4 pm

9 – 10:00 am

Session A: The Book as a Physical Object with Candice Detillier Huber, Yuka Petz, Laura J. Thompson, and Leon Miller

Session B: Reading with Moira Crone, Bill Lavender, and Biljana Obradovic

10:00 am to 10:15 Break

10:15 to 11:15

Session A: What the News Won’t Tell, Observing the Volcano: Landscape in Adrienne Rich’s 21 Love Poems (Poem XI), and Tanka of Place, with Kristin LaTour, Stacey Balkun, and Dawn Manning

Session B: Reading with Lania Knight, Nick Mainieri, and Paul LaTour

11:15 to 11:30 Break

11:15 to 12pm: Book Signing with Festival Authors in the Registration Room***This denotes a change from the printed program

11:30 to 12:30 

Session A: So You Published a Book, Now What? On Promotion, Marketing, and the Work of being a Published Author with Tawnysha Greene, Candice Detillier Huber, and Bill Loehfelm***This denotes a change from what appears in the printed program.

Session B: Reading with John Gery, Monica Prince, and Stephanie Vanderslice

Lunch 12:30 to 2 pm

2-4 pm Master Class with Moira Crone (fiction) Location: Breakfast Room

2pm to 3 pm

Session A: Research Editing and Plot Devices with Daniel Wallace and Bill Loehfelm***This denotes a change from what appears in the printed program.

Session B: Write In – Join in in this room at 2 pm and choose from a series of writing prompts provided.  Participants will be invited to share from their work if they choose on December 30 at our second write in session.  

3-3:15 pm: Break

3:15 to 4:15 pm 

Session A: An Appalachian, and Italian, and a New Orleanian Walk into a Bar, with Courtney Ruffner Grieneisen, Nancy Dixon, and Jeff Grieneisen

Session B: Reading with Casey Lefante, Lacar Musgrove, and John Vanderslice

4:15 – 4:30 pm Break

4:30 – 5:45 pm Lavender Ink/Dialogos Reading with Michael Zell, Ralph Adamo, John Vanderslice, et al

5:45 to 7:00 pm Reception and Keynote Address with Dorothy Allison

December 30, 2015

Panels, Readings, And Presentations
Registration Tables Open at 8:30 am and Close at 3 pm

9 – 10:00 am

Session A:  A Partial Guide to Camp: On the Eyes of the Beholder with Laurence Ross and Answering “What are you?”: The Politics of Being Racially Ambiguous in Personal, Professional, and Mentoring Life with Mary Kay McBrayer

Session B:  Reading with Tawnysha Greene, Kristin LaTour, Daniel Wallace, and Matt Roberts

10:00 am to 10:15 Break

10:15 to 11:15 am

Session A: Issues of Fact in Historical Fiction with John Vanderslice, Stephanie Vanderslice, and TBA

Session B: Write In – Join this room at 10:15 am and choose from a series of writing prompts provided.  Participants will be invited to share from their work if they choose.

11:15 to 11:30 Break

11:30 to 12:30 

Session A: Journeys of No Return: Writing in the Voices of Other Places and Spaces with Kate Fox, John Gery, and Dawn Manning

Session B: Reading with Rodger Kamenetz, Kelly Frankenberg, Melissa Remark, and Christopher Romaguera

Lunch 12:30 to 2 pm

2-4 pm Master Class Dreams and Poetry with Rodger Kamenetz  Location: Breakfast Room

2pm to 3 pm

Session A:   Publishing Demystified with Jennifer Stewart Wallace, Bill Lavender, and Candice Huber

3-3:15 pm: Break

3:15 to 4:00 pm Book Signing with Tawnysha Greene in the Registration Room ***This denotes a change from the printed program

3:15 to 4:15 pm 

Session A:  Celebrating New Orleans Writers with Nancy Dixon et al

Session B: Must the Workshop Die? A Discussion of New Developments in Creative Writing Pedagogy with Daniel Wallace, Jeff Grieneisen, John Vanderslice, and Stephanie Vanderslice

4:15 – 4:30 pm Break

4:30 – 5:00 pm Reception 

5:00 – 6:00 pm Book Launch/Reading for A House Made of Stars, by Tawnysha Greene, Postcards from the Dead Letter Office, by Dawn Manning, and The Melting Season, by Ira Sukrungruang

December 31, 2014

Panels, Readings, And Presentations

No Registration Tables

We will meet at The Prytania Bar for our morning session.

10 am to 12pm: Master Class with Lania Knight on Figure Drawing

8:00 pm – Masquerade Ball at The Prytania Bar

The ball will be held at The Prytania Bar, located at 3445 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115.