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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.


Vernon was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and grew up in Mount Hermon, Louisiana and Osyka, Mississippi. The family had seven children. Her father, Fletcher Williams, Jr., graduated from the University of Mississippi.

Vernon attended South Pike High School in Magnolia, Mississippi. She received a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1999. She also earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University in 2002.

She wrote Eden while in graduate school. In 2007-08 Vernon was the Hallie Ford Chair in Writing at Willamette University.


  • Eden won the 2004 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2005 she received the Louisiana Governor's Award for Professional Artist of the Year. In 2007, she won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for A Killing In This Town.


  • Other Work

    • 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.


Fletcher Williams

Faye Ann Williams