The Board

Northshore Literary Society is a non-profit organization under the laws of the state of Louisiana.

Members of the Board

Pamela Ewen Lott






Pamela exchanged her partnership with the law firm of BakerBotts, L.L.P. for a writing career in 2004. Writing as Pamela Binnings Ewen, she is the author of five novels: The Moon in the Mango Tree, Secret of the Shroud, Dancing on Glass, Chasing the Wind, and An Accidental Life. In addition to her novels, a new, second edition of Pamela’s first book of non-fiction, Faith on Trial, was released in September, 2013, and is licensed in Brazil for publication in 2015. In 2009 Pamela was honored as Literary Artist of the Year, a St. Tammany Parish President’s Arts Award given by the Commission on Cultural Affairs.  Her novels, The Moon in the Mango Tree and Dancing on Glass were Christy Award Finalists. The Moon in the Mango Tree also won the Eudora Welty Memorial Award for fiction given by the National League of American Pen Women in their 2012 Biennial Letters Awards. In New Orleans, Pamela has served on the board of directors of The Tennessee Williams Festival and the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, and currently serves as President of the Northshore Literary Society.

Cheryl Schleuss

Cheryl is a rare native of the northshore. She holds a BS and MA in Organizational Leadership. Retiring as Vice President of a national healthcare company in 2007 has given her the gift of time to pursue her passions. Atop that list is promoting literacy and the literary arts through serving on the NLS board. She fills the early morning hours writing, studying writing, thinking about writing, and reading. She has written and published short stories and is diligently working to complete her first novel.

“NLS is an open door to a friendly, nurturing environment for aspiring writers, accomplished writers, readers and anyone who enjoys the literary arts. I’m personally struck by the hand-out, hand-up supportive culture of the literary community on the northshore. Come join us, it’s a wonderful place for words.”

Janet Grouchy




With her bachelors degree in Math Education and master degree in Philosophy Janet Grouchy has taught English, mathematics, Hebrew, childbirth preparation, relaxation and meditation, logic, and symbology. She is on the board of directors and serves as convention coordinator for 4th Street Fantasy Society that hosts an international meeting annually in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Her husband David, a registered, professional Civil and Environmental Engineer, has served on state and national levels in professional organizations that addressed coastal restoration, technical training, safety, and recreation.  He has written for magazines and professional publications, and had a weekly human-interest column.  Together David and Janet have provided supervision and management seminars throughout the United States. David serves NLS as Friend of the Board.

Karen Gibbs


Long-time contributor and former managing editor of Inside Northside, Karen loves the ever-interesting world of freelance writing. Among her favorite topics are the fascinating people and places of the New Orleans area. A contributor to,, Above and (Bed, Bath and Cbeyond’s blog) and Inside New Orleans, Karen just completed the biography of her father-in-law, a WWII paratrooper. When not writing, she enjoys traveling with her husband and spoiling their grandchild.

Anna Marie Catoir






Anna Marie Catoir passed away on Christmas night, 2011. She’ll always hold a special place in our hearts. Anna Marie was a lovable, lively moving force in the community, and in the Northshore Literary Society. She was an artist, a poet, and an inspiration to other writers. As a founding member of our board of directors her spirit lives on with us.