Michael Patrick Welch is the author of four books including the novel The Donkey Show (Equator Books) and the music and art book New Orleans: the Underground Guide (UNO Press). His latest novel is Y’all’s Problem (Dirty Coast). MPW has written about music and art in New Orleans since 2001. Before that, he served several years at The St. Petersburg Times in Tampa, FL. His work has since been published in Salon, Newsweek, VICE, Village Voice and The Oxford American among many other venues.
MPW also teaches a rap class for New Orleans public school kids, and for ten-plus years has fronted The White Beach band, which has opened for Girl Talk, Of Montreal, TV on the Radio, and many other great acts.