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Olympia Flechet Vernon


Olympia Flechet Vernon, American writer. Named Alumnus of Year, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2004, Professional Artist of Year, Governor State of Louisiana, 2005; recipient Literature Excellence Ernest Gaines award, 2007; Matt Clark Memorial scholar, Louisiana State University, 1999—2000, Words and Music scholar, Tennessee Williams Festival, 2000.


Vernon, Olympia Flechet was born on May 22, 1973 in Bogalusa, Louisiana, United States. Daughter of Fletcher Williams, Junior and Faye Ann Williams.


Bachelor in Criminal Justice, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, 1999. Master of Fine Arts, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 2002.


Writer-in-residence Southeastern Louisiana University, since 2004. Hallie Brown Ford chair Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, since 2006.


  • Author: (novels) Eden (American Academy of Arts and Letters Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation award, 2004), Logic, A Killing in This Town, (short stories) Guts, The Humble I, Diary, Redemption, In His Favor, Schekovski. Painting, Pre and Post, oil pastel, Eden.


Speaker Bluffton High School, South Carolina, 2006, National Museum Women in Arts, Washington, 2006. Mentor Ronald McNair Program, Baton Rouge, 2005. Speaker Tangipahoa Parish School, Hammond, Kentwood, Baton Rouge, 2005.

Member of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association.