Writings

Books:

Author of the children’s book: The Mermaids of New Orleans (2018, UL Press).

Author and photographer: “Gathering the Blocks.” New Orleans: The First 300 Years (2017, Pelican Press).

Author: “Cities of the Dead.” New Orleans & The World: 1718-2018 Tricentennial Anthology (2017, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities).

Author and photographer: Stories from the Saint Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans (2015, History Press).

Co-author and photographer: 111 Things Not to Miss in New Orleans (2015, Emons Publishers).

Author and photographer: Hope and New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Signs (2014, History Press).

My book on Prohibition in New Orleans will be published by LSU Press in 2019.

 

Partial List of Published Articles:

“Mrs. Officer.” Louisiana Cultural Vistas, June 2018. New Orleans’ first female police officer.

“Bienville’s Tattoos.” New Orleans Magazine, April 2018.

“Last Days of Storyville.” New Orleans Magazine, October 2017. Winner 1st Place for Feature Reporting from the New Orleans Press Club.

“A Dry Spell in a Wet Town.” Louisiana Cultural Vistas, January 2014. An article about the history of Prohibition in New Orleans.

New Orleans’ Most Notorious Newspaper:” Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Spring 2013. An article about the history of the Mascot, the most notorious newspaper of New Orleans in the Gilded Age.

 

Education: 

Master’s degree, Liberal Arts (concentration in history). Tulane University (2014), summa cum laude

Masters of Arts (MA), English Language and Literature. Tulane University (2011), summa cum laude

Bachelor of Arts (BA), English. Loyola University New Orleans (1999), summa cum laude.

 

Bio:

Asher is a frequent lecturer on New Orleans history through the Louisiana State Museum and has been a guest lecturer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and a panelist at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, Down River Festival, Bourbon Festival, Festigals, and the Louisiana Book Festival (at which her lecture was chosen for C-Span’s BookTv). She has also delivered lectures for Friends of the Cabildo, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Save Our Cemeteries, New Orleans Public Libraries, Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic House, the 1850 House, the Old U.S. Mint, Tulane University, and Delgado’s New Orleans Tour Guide Class as well as various private events.

Asher has appeared on WYES’s “Steppin’ Out,” WWOZ, WHIV, WWNO’s “The Reading Life,” and WRBH’s “The Writer’s Forum.”

In 2016, she produced a mini documentary about the 1920 Mardi Gras for WYES, the local PBS affiliate, in conjunction with the Krewe of Rex.

Asher proudly serves on the boards of Save Our Cemeteries and is a member of the New Orleans Art Council and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.