Author and educator Julie Fontenot Landry is continuing where her mother left off with the Clovis Crawfish Series. Her mother, Mary Alice Fontenot, named a Louisiana Legend by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and a Living Legend by the Acadian Museum of Erath, is the author of eighteen Clovis Crawfish books. Born and raised in south-central Louisiana, Landry remains true to her Cajun background.
Proving her success as a writer, she was honored with the CODOFIL Prize for French Prose in the best short fiction in French category. She is a member of the Louisiana Folklore Society, the South Central Modern Language Association, and the Philological Association of Louisiana, among others. She has written articles for the Louisiana English Journal and the Louisiana Folklore Miscellany. After transferring from Maryville College of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis, she received her BA in English, specializing in creative writing, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she also earned an MA and her PhD
A teacher for more than forty years, Landry is also a singer and dancer. During the summers of 1968 and 1969, she and her husband performed in the Stephen Foster Story, a musical drama in Bardstown, Kentucky. She also writes music and plays.
In the 1990s, Landry narrated and translated, in French, her mother's Clovis Crawfish books, Clovis Ecrevisse et le Crapaud Curieux, Clovis Ecrevisse et l'Araignee Que File, and Clovis Ecrevisse et Bidon Tortue Terestre, among others.
Landry resides in Orange County, California, where she teaches seventh and eighth grade language arts at a nearby Catholic school. She lives with her husband, and they enjoy spending time with their grandson and being outdoors in the beautiful weather.