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New Orleans

Online Only, posted 2.27.12

Native New Orleanian John Biguenet, author of seven books and many prizewinning plays, highlights postflood literary New Orleans—"a palimpsest" on which "the past bleeds through the fresh culture now being inscribed over the submerged text, centuries old."

Poets Act on Oil Spill


In response to the Deep-water Horizon oil spill, writers Heidi Lynn Staples and Amy King created Poets for Living Waters, an online poetry forum featuring works written in response to the disaster, spurring a host of nationwide events that give poets not only an opportunity to take action against the catastrophe but also to speak out in support of our natural environment.

Hurricane Katrina, Five Years Later

Online Only, posted 7.01.10

A selection of essays that commemorate what was lost and celebrate the literary arts in New Orleans. 

The What and the How of It

Online Only, posted 7.01.10

An excerpt from “The What and the How of It” by John Biguenet (in Before During After, edited by Elizabeth Kleinveld, to be published by the University of New Orleans Press in 2010).

Finding the Right Words


A writer grapples with his decision to abandon writing, flee New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and become a passive witness to a narrative spun by nature.

Writers, Interrupted


One writer's monthlong journey with her family from her home on the Gulf Coast to three different cities as she searches for a respite from the storm, meeting others along the way whose loss puts hers in perspective.

Believe It or Not


A writer who stayed in the French Quarter during and after Katrina measures the spirit of America’s oldest Bohemia before its reincarnation.

Literary New Orleans, Post-Katrina


On the 
fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, several local and national arts organizations, including the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the Poetry Society of America, are presenting readings in New Orleans to commemorate all that was lost—the lives, homes, businesses, and communities—and to celebrate a flourishing of the literary arts in the area since the storm.

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