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Dedra Johnson: The March 2009 Adele Ramos Salzer Lecturer


On March 31, 2009, Adele Ramos Salzer Lecturer Dedra Johnson read from her novel, Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow, and the discussed her perspective and process when writing the book, which features a young girl from New Orleans who is too inexperienced to understand the motives and meanings of the rejections, restrictions, public harassment, and neglect that goes on around her.

Dedra Johnson has bachelors degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Southern Mississippi and received a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida-Gainesville. A play, "Eden, Mississippi," won first place in the Agnes Nixon Playwriting  Contest in 1988. In 1995, a short story, "Eggshell" won third place/honorable mention in the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Writing Competition. She has published short fiction in Product and Bridge. Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow was second runner-up in the novel category of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in 2006. Dedra Johnson had appeared on local panels and at conferences, including the Tom Dent Forum, "Black Authors Speak" at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the first New Orleans New Writers Literary Festival, hosted by NOCCA and Lusher High School in 2007 and Rising Tide III: A Conference on the Future of New Orleans in 2008. She was raised in and currently resides in New Orleans where she teaches composition and creative writing at Dillard University.

The event was recorded live in the Seltzer-Gerard Reading Room of the Nadine Vorhoff Library, and was edited by Rachel Wenzel.


This podcast featuring Dedra Johnson as a 2009 Adele Ramos Salzer Lecturer at NCCROW is provided under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution, No-Derivatives, Non-Commercial License. Some rights reserved. Contact nccrow@tulane.edu for information about additional permissions.


The lecture series is dedicated to Adele Ramos Salzer (NC, 1940). Throughout her lifetime, Mrs. Salzer exhibited a love of learning and a sincere devotion to Newcomb College. Her interest in academic programs focusing on women's experiences led to the establishment of the Salzer lecture series at Newcomb College Center for Research on Women. Her donation endowing the series has been generously strengthened through gifts in her memory from her family, friends, and classmates.

Past Salzer Lecturers have included Susie Bright, Lisa Ling, Felicity Hill, Jil Ker Conway, and Helen Caldicott.

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