Karen Celestan, MFA, is an executive writer-editor in University Advancement and a former adjunct professor of English at Texas Southern University in Houston. Celestan managed the Music Rising program in the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University, was an adjunct instructor of English at Southern University at New Orleans, and a freelance entertainment writer for the New Orleans Advocate. She is a regular interviewer at the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, holding live conversations with such artists as Gregory Porter, Jon Batiste, and Cassandra Wilson.
Celestan is the author of “Freedom’s Dance: Social, Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans with noted cultural photographer Eric Waters [LSU Press, February 2018].” She is also the co-author of “unfinished blues: Memories of a New Orleans Music Man with Dr. Harold Battiste, Jr. [Historic New Orleans Collection, 2010].” Celestan is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and vice-chair of the board for Writespace Houston. She is the chief executive officer of Mosaic Literary LLC, a full-service publishing company, domiciled in New Orleans. Celestan earned her B.A. in Communications and English from the University of New Orleans and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Queens University at Charlotte.