Juyanne James is the author of The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories (Chin Music Press, 2015), her debut collection of 17 stories in which she interprets the African American experience in Louisiana, as well as a recently published memoir, Table Scraps and Other Essays (Resource Publications, 2019). James is an Associate Professor of English at University of Holy Cross in New Orleans. Her stories and essays have been published in journals such as The Louisville Review, Mythium, Bayou Magazine, Eleven Eleven, and Thrice, and in the anthologies New Stories from the South 2009 (Algonquin) and Something in the Water: 20 Louisiana Stories (Portals Press, 2011). She also wrote a story, "You Don't Know Me, Child," for Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts Project. Her essay “Table Scraps” was a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2014.