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Dr. Keagan LeJeune, Professor of English

Dr. Keagan LeJeune, Professor of English

M.A., M.F.A., McNeese State University; Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Kaufman Hall, 310

(337) 475-5312


Teaching and Research Interests

  • Louisiana Folklore
  • American Folklore
  • Outlaw Legends
  • Louisiana's Neutral Strip (No Man's Land)

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • Member, Louisiana Folklore Society
  • Member, American Folklore Society
  • Member, Texas Folklore Society
  • Member, Louisiana Folklife Commission
  • Primary Researcher, Myths and Legends Byways project completed by Allen, and Beauregard, and Vernon Parish

Editorial Service To Academic Journals

  • Editor, Louisiana Folklore Miscellany, 2013-2018


  • “Louisiana French and Contemporary Louisiana Poets” at the Conference on Bicultural Literature at the L’Institut Français in London (December 2010)
  • “Traditional Mardi Gras Practices” at the Texas Tech lecture series
  • ​"Folklore of the Louisiana's Neutral Strip: Outlaw Legend and Buried Treasure Stories" (2004)
  • "Photographer as Folklorist: East Texas Cultural Landscape in the photographs of Keith Carter's The Blue Man" (2004)
  • "Guerilla Folklore: Teaching Folklore without a Department" (2003)
  • "Cajun Country Mardi Gras: Forming Community Identity through the Mardi Gras Run" (2003)
  • "Leather Britches Smith and the Graybow War: A Community's Outlaw Legend and Its Function" (2002)
  • "Louisiana's No Man's Land and Its Outlaws" (2002)


  • Finalist for the 2016 Tennessee Williams Festival Poetry Prize
  • Semifinalist for the 2013 Berkshire Prize by Tupelo Press

Selected Works

    • Legendary Louisiana Outlaws: The Villains and Heroes of Folk Justice.  LSU Press, 2016.
    • Of Gilded Circles and Sure Trouble (poetry and photography, 21st Editions, 2012), a collaboration with photographer Josephine Sacabo.
    • “Western Louisiana's Neutral Strip: Its History, People, and Legends,” commissioned by Louisiana’s Office of Cultural Development Division of the Arts: Folklife Division
    • Always for the Underdog: Leather Britches Smith and the Grabow War. Texas Folklore Society in cooperation with the University of North Texas Press, 2010.
    • Annotated Bibliography of Sources Relating to the History and Culture of Louisiana’s Neutral Strip, commissioned by Five Parishes West in partnership with the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Louisiana Office of Tourism
    • "Binding a Family: Examining Job's Tears Rosaries as Religious Artifacts of Kinship" (2000)
    • Keagan's poems have appeared in New South, Louisiana Literature, 2River, The Xavier Review, Borderlands, The Review, among other journals, and in several recent anthologies, including The Southern Poetry Anthology: Louisiana and The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins.