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My short story. Click here for the long version.

I was born and raised in New Orleans. After a career in education living and working abroad, I now spend my time sharing Louisiana and world cultures with others. I’ve hiked the rice terraces in the Philippines, climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan, and Mt. Sinai in Egypt. I’ve found adventures in books too. When I’m not traveling, reading or digging in genealogical archives, I’m reading, writing, and visiting schools.

My debut picture book, THE KING CAKE BABY (Pelican Publishing Co., January 2015), highlights the unique cultural tradition of eating king cake during the Mardi Gras season in my hometown.

Merci beaucoup for stopping by!

More questions? Contact my publicist at Pelican:

Antoinette de Alteriis, Promotion Director, 504-368-1175 x331


Forthcoming: Bradley, Jeanette, Dawson, Keila V., Metcalf, Lindsay H. (2020) TAKING THE MIC: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, (Jeanette Bradley, Illus.). Watertown, Massachusetts: Charlesbridge Publishing.

Dawson, Keila V., (2015). The King Cake Baby (V. Smith, Illus.). Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing, Company, Inc.

Dawson, Keila V. The Unexpected Expected: The Transition of My Third Culture Kids. Among Worlds Magazine, Reentry & Repatriation and (Interaction International) March 2014: 4-5. Print.

Dawson, Keila V. “Establishing a Community of Gens de Couleur Libres: Catalina’s Fight for Freedom.” La Créole, A Journal of Creole History and Genealogy 3.1 (2010): 26-31. Print.

LeFever, Gretchen, B, Ph.D.; Dawson, Keila V. M. Ed; Morrow, Ardythe L. Ph.D., The Extent of Drug Therapy for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Among Children in Public Schools. American Journal of Public Health. 1999;89:1359-1364.

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  1. So very glad to find this and so very proud of all you have accomplished. Love you, my very distant NOLA cousin.

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