Denise Alvarado (1960) was born and raised in the rich Creole culture of New Orleans, Louisiana. She has studied indigenous healing traditions from a personal and academic perspective for over four decades. She is the author of over 20 books about Southern folk traditions, including The Magic of Marie Laveau, The Conjurer's Guide to St. Expedite, The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook, and more. Her provocative artwork has been featured on several television shows including National Geographic's Taboo, The Originals, and Blue Bloods. She is a rootworker in the Louisiana folk magic tradition, a spiritual artist, and a teacher of southern conjure at Crossroads University.