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      Michael Patrick Welch

      Michael Patrick Welch

      New Orleans writer Michael Patrick Welch authored the novels The Donkey Show (Equator Books) and Y’all’s Problem (Dirty Coast), the music and art book New Orleans: the Underground Guide (LSU Press), and the collection Famous People I Have Met. Before moving to New Orleans in 2001, Welch served three years at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times). His journalism and other stories have appeared in many New Orleans publications as well as at McSweeney's, Columbia Journalism Review, Oxford American, Newsweek, Salon, and other national venues. Welch is a musician and band-leader, and on the side teaches an English class wherein students write and record original rap songs. Welch has two daughters, Cleopatra and Xyla, and 19 goats. He blogs at michaelpatrickwelch.org.