While many of the missives included were written without any assumption of ever finding a large audience, anonymous writers were helping to steer the news agenda. Unofficial community ambassadors who had access to reliable information and large mailing lists stepped into editorial roles, becoming cheerleaders and civic leaders in the early efforts to organize and plan for rebuilding. Emails and official correspondence were forwarded many times over, contributing to a critical online information ecosystem.

—Cynthia Joyce, Editor


Please Forward Contributors

STEVE ALLEN is a New Orleans saxophone player and

songwriter. He has scored countless compositions for film and

television and performed with Leon Redbone, Topsy Chapman,

Leigh “Little Queenie” Harris, Rita Coolidge, Allen Toussaint,

Willie Tee Turbinton and scores of others. http://www.

steveallenthesaxplayer.com.

 

BLAKE BAILEY graduated from Tulane and taught gifted children

at a magnet school for seven years before moving away from

New Orleans. In the summer of 2005, he and his family moved

back to New Orleans and lived there for just over two months

before fleeing Hurricane Katrina, an experience he wrote about in

a series of articles for Slate. Bailey is the author of, among other

titles, A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates , which

was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award;

the biography, Cheever: A Life, which won the 2009 National

Book Critics Circle Award; and a memoir, The Splendid Things We

Planned , which was published by W. W. Norton in March 2014.

 

DAN BAUM is the author of Nine Lives: Death and Life in New

Orleans. While living in New Orleans to research Nine Lives, Dan

wrote a daily online column, the New Orleans Journal, for The New

Yorker.  He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker, as well as a

reporter for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal ,

and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution . His most recent book is Gun

Guys: A Road Trip . You can find him at http://www.danbaum.

com.

 

JASON BRAD BERRY has been providing original, independent,

investigative reporting since 2006 on corruption issues that

affect New Orleans and the state of Louisiana at his American

Zombie blog. Covering everyone from government officials to

the power players who pull the strings behind the scenes, AZ

has fearlessly dug up the story after story, shedding light on the

corruption, dirty politics, and backroom deals among power players

who have enriched themselves at the expense of the public.

 

ANDREA BOLL lives in New Orleans where she teaches literature

and writing to young people. You can read more of her Katrina adventures

in Year Zero: A Year of Reporting from Post-Katrina New Orleans and

The Soul is Bulletproof: Reports from Reconstruction New

Orleans. Her novel, The Parade Goes On Without You, was published

by NOLAFugees Press in 2009.

 

ALLEN BOUDREAUX is a native New Orleanian, raised in Lakeview

and Metairie and currently residing in Algiers Point with his wife

and one-year-old daughter. He’s only lived elsewhere twice—four

years of college in Memphis and a month in Florida after Katrina.

A lawyer by training, Allen works in marketing and graphic design

and moonlights as roller derby referee. It has been a long time since

he’s written a blog post, but he’ll get back to it, someday...

 

JOHN BOUTTE is a beloved jazz vocalist who grew up in New

Orleans’ Seventh Ward, where most of his Creole family still lives

and sings.

 

SCOTT BROOM is a multimedia and television journalist

at WUSA9, the CBS affiliate in Washington D.C. He’s been a

broadcaster since 1981 and was the subject of an exhibit at the

Newseum in Washington D.C. highlighting dramatic technology

changes in the news business. In a career thats included stops

everywhere from Duluth, MN to Baltimore, Broom has covered

everything from epic natural disasters, to politics, the environment,

corruption, and crime of all stripes.

 

MICHAEL BROWN served as the first director of the Federal

Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He was appointed in

January 2003 by President George W. Bush and resigned following

his controversial handling of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.

Brown currently hosts a radio talk show on 630 KHOW in Denver,

Colorado.

 

ANDY CARVIN recently joined First Look Media as one of its senior

editors. He was formerly senior strategist at NPR’s social media

desk, where he pioneered the use of Twitter and Facebook for news

reporting—most notably during the Arab Spring, during which he

used social media to become a virtually embedded reporter among

revolutionary groups. Follow him on Twitter at @acarvin.

 

TARA JILL CICCARONE lives, writes, and sometimes waits

tables in New Orleans. She is the captain of Guise of Fawkes,

a Mardi Gras krewe that honors whistle-blowers and political 

prisoners. Her collection of Post-Katrina short stories can be

found at postcardsofthehanging.wordpress.com and in piles on

her bedroom floor.

 

DEBORAH “BIG RED” COTTON is an author, blogger, publisher

and videographer who has been chronicling the city’s cultural

and political scene since 2005. She is the author of Notes From New

Orleans: Spicy, colorful tales of Politics, People, Food, Drink, Men, Music

and Life in Post-breaches New Orleans. She has written columns for

national and local publications such as AOL, B.E.T., EURweb, Nola.

com and the Gambit . Her Big Red Cotton Youtube channel boasts

1.6 million plus views, hosting the largest catalogue of second lines

and brass bands videos on the internet. Follow her at @DebCotton.

 

JOSHUA COUSIN, AKA “Book,” is a New Orleans native &

blogger with a passion for Technology & The Arts. Thanks in part

to his Note from the Book blog, he and his work have been featured

in films & books & magazines. In the year following Katrina, he

assisted with hurricane relief, managing a technology center for

a “Tech For All - Houston” community development project. He

currently resides in the Seventh Ward with his family and their

favorite dog, Cheddar.

 

CLAYTON CUBITT is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker

and writer whose art and music videos have been viewed more than

50 million times. Raised in New Orleans he is now based in NYC.

 

MICHAEL “T MAYHEART” DARDAR was born in the Houma

Indian settlement below Golden Meadow, Louisiana. He served

for sixteen years on the United Houma Nation Tribal Council.

Currently he works with Bayou Healers, a community-based

group advocating for the needs of coastal Indigenous communities

in south Louisiana. His latest book is Istrouma: A Houma Manifesto.

 

CHEF CHRIS DEBARR cooks soul food with a roaming circus

of his own imagination. He is currently traipsing about between

Portland, Oregon and the Spice Islands, but New Orleans will

always be his home.

 

DR. SCOTT E. DELACROIX, JR. is a native of New Orleans and

currently lives and works in the metropolitan area. He is the

Director of Urologic Oncology at Louisiana State University School

of Medicine.

 

PHIL DYESS-NUGENT was born in Louisiana and lived in New

Orleans for many years. He has written for Nerve, HiLoBrow, The

A.V. Club, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune , and was a regular

contributor to the defunct music magazine Global Rhythm. He now

lives in Texas.

 

MAITRI ERWIN is a geoscientist, writer and maker. Maitri

is advisor to Project Gutenberg, the oldest publisher of free

electronic books, and publisher of Back Of Town, a blog-community

dedicated to the New Orleans-based HBO television series Treme.

Between August 2005 and March 2009, Maitri’s VatulBlog  actively

chronicled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, The Federal Flood

and the recovery of the city of New Orleans, and has been used as

an example of disaster communication during a time of rapidlyevolving

media. Maitri’s blog posts from the first post-Katrina year

have also been published in A Howling In The Wires: An Anthology

of Writing from Post-Diluvian New Orleans. She currently lives in

Houston with her husband Derick and an attic full of costumes

and beads. Visit vatul.net.

 

BART EVERSON is a media artist and community activist who

lives in New Orleans. He earned the soubriquet “Editor B” as

coproducer of the long-running underground television series,

ROX. His first fictional work has just been published the spring

2015 issue of Red Rock Review, and he will have an essay in the

forthcoming anthology, Finding the Masculine in Goddess’ Spiral

(Immanion Press). More at BartEverson.com.

 

JORDAN FLAHERTY is an award-winning journalist, author,

and TV news producer whose work has appeared in The New York

Times, The Washington Post, and The Village Voice, among many

other publications. He has appeared as an actor in HBO’s television

series Treme , playing himself in a storyline about resistance to the

demolition of New Orleans public housing. Jordan was the first

journalist to bring the case of the Jena Six to a national audience,

and he has so far been the only journalist identified as a subject of

the New York City Police Department’s spying programs. He is

the author of the book Floodlines: Community and Resistance From

Katrina to the Jena Six.

 

ROBERT X. FOGARTY is the founder of Dear World, which began

when he asked residents of New Orleans towrite a “love note to 

their City.” Dear World’s work now includes portraits, videos and

stories of survivors of the Boston marathon bombing and Syrian 

refugees as well as recognizable people like Nobel Peace Prize winner

Muhammad Yunus, Susan Sarandon and Drew Brees. He has been

featured on the Today Show, CNN, PBS and in The Washington Post,

The New York Times  and Inc. magazine. He’s also the cofounder 

of Evacuteer.org and a graduate of the University of Oregon’s 

School of Journalism and Communication.

 

MARK FOLSE is coeditor of the Katrina anthology, A Howling in

the Wires by Gallatin & Toulouse Press and the author of The Wet

Bank Guide blog.

 

SARA FORD is a software engineer at Microsoft. During her

10 years at Microsoft, she’s worked on a variety of products,

including Office for iPad, Outlook.com, and Visual Studio. Sara

is a Distinguished Fellow in the Department of Engineering at

Mississippi State where she double-majored in Computer Science

and Mathematics. She’s finishing a Masters degree in Human

Factors at San Jose State, where she coded a Kinect application for

the Kinesiology department to study motor learning. When not in

front of a computer, Sara enjoys cycling, critiquing the cuisine at

“New Orleans” restaurants on the West Coast, and overcoming the

challenges of becoming a stand-up comic. Her lifelong dream is to

become a 97-year old weight lifter so she can be featured on the

local news.

 

ARIANA FRENCH is the current Director of Digital Technology

at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. She

lived in New Orleans from 2001-2007 and misses it dearly. Ariana

holds a Master of Arts degree from Tulane University and lives in

Manhattan.

 

KAREN GADBOIS cofounded The Lens. She now covers New

Orleans government issues and writes about land use for Squandered

Heritage. For her work with television reporter Lee Zurik exposing

widespread misuse of city recovery funds—which led to guilty

pleas in federal court—Gadbois won some of the highest honors

in journalism, including a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-

Columbia Award and a gold medal from Investigative Reporters

and Editors.

 

CRAIG GIESECKE spent 32 years in broadcast journalism, starting

with various radio/TV stations throughout the South, then moving

to UPI in 1986 and to The Associated Press from 1990-2004. He

founded a specialty food company and moved to New Orleans

in late 2004, losing his Mid-City business to Hurricane Katrina in

2005. After the storm, he worked briefly at Dick & Jenny’s before

founding his own restaurant (J’anita’s) on Magazine St. in late

2007. He and his wife Kim left New Orleans in late 2013. He is now

a chef in Escondido, CA.

 

TROY GILBERT is a native New Orleanian and a freelance maritime

and boating journalist as well as a cookbook author. He started his

blog, GulfSails, only about a week before the landfall of Hurricane

Katrina. Troy remained in the city for the storm and the aftermath

and his blog became a very personal accounting of his experiences

that was read by millions of people worldwide. Today Troy has

returned to his rebuilt home in Lakeview and when not traveling

to Europe or the Caribbean to cover competitive sailing, he can be

found on his back porch typing or out enjoying the restaurants of

New Orleans.

 

ANN GLAVIANO is a born-and-raised New Orleanian. From 2004

to 2014 she maintained a Typepad blog of personal writings with

the eventual title What the hell is water, after David Foster Wallace.

When Katrina hit and the levees broke, she was twenty-one years

old and a fresh graduate of Louisiana State University. She went

on to attend the MFA creative writing program at Ohio State and,

upon receiving her degree in 2013, immediately returned home,

where she runs an all-vinyl dance party called HEATWAVE! and

a DIY contemporary dance and music project called Known Mass.

She has recently been published in Prairie Schooner, The Atlas

Review, and the New Orleans alt-monthly Antigravity.

 

BROOKS HAMAKER is a writer, brewmaster and barstool

philosopher who still makes whiskey because he still knows how.

Follow him on Twitter at @Hadacol.

 

CLIFTON HARRIS (http://cliffscrib.blogspot.com) is a native

New Orleanian who loves writing, being a dad, Saints football

and making people laugh. He was the winner of the Ashley Morris

Award at the Rising Tide 5 blogging conference.

 

DR. GREGORY HENDERSON is a native New Orleanian and the

Vice Chairman of Outreach, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

at Mt. Sinai. A recognized leader in applying digital pathology

technology to serve populations in developing countries, he has

practiced medicine in Wilmington, N.C., Puget Sound, and New

Orleans, where he worked in the pathology department at Ochsner

Clinic from 2005-2007.

 

ABRAM SHALOM HIMELSTEIN is the cofounder of the

Neighborhood Story Project, and has written for the Houston

Chronicle  and the Daily Racing Form . He is the author of What the

Hell am I Doing Here: The 100 T-shirt Project  and coauthor, with

Jamie Schweser, of Tales of a Punk Rock Nothing.

 

MICHAEL HOMAN is a Professor of Theology at Xavier

University of Louisiana. His scholarship focuses on the Old

Testament in its historical, linguistic, and archaeological context.

His many publications include The Bible for Dummies (Wiley) and

a forthcoming book, inspired by Katrina and its aftermath, about

the origins of social justice. He and his family are proud to live in

Mid-City New Orleans.

 

DEDRA JOHNSON has blogged as G Bitch at The G Bitch Spot since

2005. In 2011, G Bitch won the Ashley Morris Award for blogging

about New Orleans public school reform. She is a native of New

Orleans and the author of Sandrine’s Letter to Tomorrow  [Ig, 2007].

CATHERINE JONES is a native New Orleanian and a physician at

University Hospital. She teaches at Tulane University.

 

CYNTHIA JOYCE has been a writer, editor, and web producer for

more than 20 years and has contributed to several regional and

national publications, including The Washington Post, Newsday,

NPR.org , Entertainment Weekly, and MSNBC.com, where she was a

senior producer; Nola.com, where she worked briefly as a producer

post-Katrina; and Salon, where she was arts and entertainment

editor. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi and teaches journalism at

the University of Mississippi.

WILLIAM JOYCE is an Academy Award®-winning film-maker

with worldwide recognition as an author, illustrator and pioneer

in the animation industry. Joyce has written or illustrated nearly 50

books including The New York Times  bestseller, The Fantastic Flying

Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. He and his team at Moonbot Studios

in Shreveport, LA have been honored the Webby, Cannes Lions,

Emmy and Clio Awards.

 

MICHAEL KELLER is an award-winning writer and editor who has

reported on science, technology, the environment and international

affairs. He was part of a team that won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for

coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s impact on South Mississippi. His

work has appeared online and in newspapers, magazines and

books. He is also the author of an Eisner Award-nominated graphic

novel adaptation of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.

 

PETER KING is one of the most authoritative and respected sports

writers in America. He has covered the National Football League

for nearly three decades, most of it as the lead NFL writer for Sports

Illustrated  and SI.com. His weekly Monday Morning Quarterback

column on SI.com (http://mmqb.si.com) attracts millions of

readers. Follow him at @SI_PeterKing.

 

KIERSTA KURTZ-BURKE is a rehab specialist at the LSU health

Sciences Center. She worked at Charity Hospital for 10 years and

spent five days there during Hurricane Katrina caring for patients

as they awaited rescue. She lives in Mid-City with her husband, Dr.

Justin Lundgren, and their two children.

 

FRANCIS LAM is Editor-at-Large at Clarkson Potter and a

columnist for The New York Times Magazine . His writing on food

and culture has been nominated for three James Beard awards

and five IACP awards, winning three. In past lives, he was a judge

on Top Chef Masters , Features Editor at Gilt Taste , senior writer at

Salon.com , a contributing editor at Gourmet  magazine (RIP), and his

work has appeared in the 2006-2014 editions of Best Food Writing .

He believes that, in professional football, that would count as a

dynasty; in ancient China, not so much. Lam resides in New York

City and tweets at @francis_lam.

 

ADRIENNE LAMB is a poet, playwright and essayist and is

currently writing her first long-form work, The Healy Gene for

Misery . She lived in New Orleans for eight years over a 10 year

period (spanning pre- and post-Katrina) and currently resides on

Long Island, NY. Follow her on twitter, @TheAtomicGal, where she

retweets more than tweets, and read more writing at adriennelamb.

com.

 

KELLY LANDRIEU is a native New Orleanian who has inhabited a

wide variety of positions within the food industry, with brief forays

into tech, urban planning and general merry-making. Currently

she works with food and artisan producers of all stripes to bring

their products to market in the Southwest region of Whole Foods

Market. You can follow her on Twitter at @Epic_Appetite.

 

LAUREEN LENTZ is a law librarian and preservation activist who,

along with Karen Gadbois and Sarah Elise Lewis, tracked lists

upon lists of demolitions for the community on the Squandered

Heritage blog—sometimes being the first to tell homeowners that

their homes were on the chopping block.

 

BILL LOEHFELM grew up in Brooklyn and on Staten Island. In

1997, he moved to New Orleans, where he has taught high school

and college, worked in an antique shop, and done absolutely

everything there is to do in the bar and restaurant business (except

cook). He received his MA from the University of New Orleans in

2005. He is the author of five novels. The most recent is Doing the

Devil’s Work , the new Maureen Coughlin adventure, from Sarah

Crichton Books/FSG. Bill lives in New Orleans’ Garden District

with his wife, AC Lambeth, a writer and yoga instructor, and their

two dogs.

 

WAYNE LEONARD joined Entergy, Louisiana’s second-largest

company and New Orleans’ lone Fortune 500 firm, as chief

operating officer in 1998 and served as CEO from 1999-2013.

JUSTIN LUNDGREN is a physiatrist, photographer and artist. He

lives in Mid-City with his wife, Kiersta Kurtz-Burke, and their two

children.

 

LUCKYDOG was born and raised in New Orleans and spent much of

his professional career in leadership of international humanitarian

assistance programs delivered in conflict areas. Luckydog was

among the professional leadership of Doctors Without Borders

in 1999 when the staff and volunteers of that organization were

awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and he has worked in over a dozen

remote emergencies around the world. For the last several years,

like so many New Orleanians, he has been immersed in building

broad-based community-oriented cultural efforts in New Orleans

and helping to rebuild his little corner of the city.

 

MATT MCBRIDE is a mechanical engineer whose Broad-moor

house was flooded following Hurricane Katrina. He has served

as a self-appointed watchdog over the work the U.S. Army Corps

of Engineers since 2006. Scrutinizing the Corps’ every move at

fixthepumps.blogspot.com, he kept the public informed of what

they were doing wrong, what they were doing right, and what

they weren’t doing at all.

 

ELIZABETH MCCRACKEN is the author of five books: Here’s

Your Hat What’s Your Hurry  (stories), the novels The Giant’s House

and Niagara Falls All Over Again , the memoir An Exact Replica of a

Figment of My Imagination , and the forthcoming Thunderstruck &

Other Stories . She has taught creative writing at Western Michigan

University, the University of Oregon, the University of Houston,

and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She holds the James

A. Michener Chair in Fiction at the University of Texas, Austin, and

boy are her arms tired.

 

CREE MCCREE moved to her adopted hometown of New Orleans

from New York City in 2001. The author of Flea Market America,

she has written for a wide variety of publications, including Spin,

Details, High Times, No Depression and Oxford American.

 

MOMINEM is the blog handle of the New Orleans-based creator

of the Tin Can Trailer Trash  blog (http://fematrailer.blogspot.com),

where he offered regular musings on life and living in a FEMA

trailer post-Katrina.

 

ASHLEY MORRIS was a New Orleans activist, computer science

professor and prominent blogger whose legendary post-Katrina

rant, “Fuck you, You Fucking Fucks,” became the seminal post of

the NOLA blogosphere and was immortalized by John Goodman

in his performance as Creighton Bernette, a character Treme  creator

David Simon based on Morris.

 

MARK MOSELEY is an opinion writer for The Lens  (thelensnola.

org). He has also worked as The Lens ’ engagement specialist and

coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. In 2004 he

stopped yelling at his TV and began a New Orleans blog called Your

Right Hand Thief . After Katrina and the Federal Flood he helped

create the Rising Tide conference, which grew into an annual social

media event dedicated to the future of New Orleans. He lives in

Broadmoor with his wife Jennifer, a Louisiana native, and their two

daughters, Zoe and Violet.

 

JEANNE NATHAN: For forty years, Jeanne Nathan has worked

in journalism, marketing, event and video production, and

community organizing, including current work revitalizing the

neighborhoods and communities in New Orleans. She has been

behind some of the most successful cases of putting culture at the

core of economic revival. She is a cofounder, with Robert Tannen,

of the Contemporary Arts Center, and has spearheaded the

formation of the Creative Alliance of New Orleans, a professional,

membership organization aimed at increasing public and private

investment in the creative sector. As adjunct faculty at Tulane

School of Architecture, Jeanne has brought her students into the

neighborhoods of the city to plan redevelopment projects.

 

SEAN NELSON is best known as the former lead singer of Seattle’s

Harvey Danger, a Seattle indie pop band whose curious fortune

it was to have a song from their debut album turn into a radio

and MTV hit during the sharp intake of breath that separated the

twilight of the dubious “alternative” era and the period when the

internet arose from the ashes of the rock and roll Rome that burned

down while Limp Bizkit fiddled. He is Associate Editor Emeritus

at The Stranger , co-owner of the independent label Barsuk Records,

and the force behind the 2013 album Make Good Choices .You can

follow him at @seantroversy.

 

JOSH NEUFELD is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist known for his

nonfiction narratives of political and social upheaval, told through

the voices of witnesses. Neufeld has been an Atlantic Center for the

Arts Master Artist, a Knight-Wallace Fellow in journalism, and a

Xeric Award winner. His works include A.D: New Orleans After the

Deluge, about Hurricane Katrina (Pantheon Books).

 

NOLA FUGEES: From 2005-2010 the website NOLAFugees.com

mixed investigative journalism, first-person reportage, political

analysis, and vicious satire to develop an alternate chronicle of

Reconstruction New Orleans as a city of profound uncertainty. Over

five years, NOLAFugees.com  published more than one hundred

writers and collected the content from NOLAFugees.com in two

nonfiction anthologies (Year Zero , 2006 and Soul is Bulletproof , 2008)

and published the first collection of post-Katrina short fiction, Life

in the Wake  (2007).

 

JOSHUA NORMAN, a New Jersey native, earned a bachelor’s

degree from NYU in 2000, after which he joined the Peace Corps

and spent two years in West Africa. He then earned a master’s

degree from Columbia University, and joined the staff of the Sun

Herald  of Biloxi, Miss., in June 2005. He is currently a senior editor

for CBSNews.com  in New York.

 

DAVID OLIVIER is a husband, father, programmer, writer,

illustrator, photographer and musician. He has been blogging at

Slimbolala.blogspot.com since 2005.

 

NIKKI PAGE is an artist, teacher and writer who lives in New

Orleans.

 

DA PO’BOY lived in the New Orleans area and worked for a local

TV news station before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina.

 

POLIMOM misspent her youth in Algiers, and left a part of her

heart there in New Orleans for always.

 

GREG PETERS, the late creator of the editorial comic strip Suspect

Device, was an award-winning graphic designer, cartoonist, and

writer for newspapers and publications including Gambit Weekly ,

The Independent Weekly, the Times of Acadiana, and the Chicago Reader .

An avid blogger until his death in 2013, he created posters for the

annual Rising Tide conference in New Orleans, and designed the

cover for the Katrina anthology A Howling in the Wires by Gallatin

& Toulouse Press.

 

WADE RATHKE is a community and labor organizer who founded

the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now

(ACORN) in 1970 and Service Employees International Union

(SEIU) Local 100 in 1980. He was ACORN’s chief organizer from

its founding in 1970 until June 2, 2008, and continues to organize

for their international arm. He is the publisher and editor-in-chief

of Social Policy , a quarterly magazine for scholars and activists. The

magazine’s publishing arm has published three of his books. He

and his partner, Beth Butler, live in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

RICHARD READ has written about cars, videogames, travel,

theatre, and pop culture for Gawker, Fodors, High Gear Media, and

many points in-between. He’s the editor of Gaywheels, a website

devoted to LGBT car fans, and the coauthor of The French Quarter

Drinking Companion, a field guide to some of New Orleans’ best

watering holes. Born in Mississippi, Richard has spent most of his

life in New Orleans, which is, as luck would have it, the hometown

of his biological mom. (It’s a long story. Ask him about it when you

have time.) He lives there with his partners, numerous hounds,

many wonderful friends, and a moderately well-stocked bar.

 

FRANCIE RICH paints portraits of people, dogs, cats and Barbies,

usually with her trademarked stunning gold-leaf backgrounds.

Her series of the 33 Chilean Miners (each individually done on

5x5-inch canvases) takes her breath away. She is currently working

on portraits of daytime TV judges and the New Orleans attorneys

that advertise on the shows. She teaches art history and lives on the

Northshore with her husband, the artist John Hodge.

 

KALAMU YA SALAAM: New Orleans writer and educator Kalamu

ya Salaam is senior staff with Students at the Center, a public high

school writing program; moderator of e-Drum , a listserv for Black

writers. Kalamu blogs at kalamu.com/neogriot

 

HARRY SHEARER: For the past two decades Harry Shearer has

enjoyed enormous success and planted the fruits of his talents in

the heads of millions worldwide thanks to his voice work for The Simpsons,

where he plays a stable of characters: most notably

Mr. Burns, Smithers, and the insufferable neighbour Ned Flanders.

He directed and narrated the documentary feature The Big Uneasy ,

which revealed the reasons why New Orleans flooded during

Hurricane Katrina. The film received stellar reviews for Shearer

and his team of experts and whistleblowers. He has been blogging

for Huffington Post  since May 2005, and his satirical sandbox LE

SHOW is heard weekly on radio stations around the world.

 

JON SMITH: Raised in and around New Orleans, Jon Smith

enjoyed his region’s deeply traditional culture as a birthright. After

college, Jon did what anyone with anyone who studied Urban

and Regional Planning in college would do: He got into the fine

wine business. For the next 16 years he travelled the nation while

representing several major wineries, broke bread with many chefs

along the way, and ultimately settled back in New Orleans where

his love of food, wine, and the culture of the Crescent City led him

to open his own wine store, Cork & Bottle. During that time, in

between pulling corks and running a cash register, Jon taught wine

education courses and wrote a lot about wine. Since 2013, he has

served as the Executive Director of the French Market Corporation,

the oldest continually operating public market in the United States.

 

SWAMPISH THOUGHTS is a longtime New Orleanian by

marriage, residence and inclination.

 

MICHAEL TISSERAND, the author of Sugarcane Academy: How a

New Orleans Teacher and His Storm-Struck Students Created a School

to Remember (Harvest), is currently working on a biography of New

Orleans-born comic strip artist George Herriman.

 

EVE TROEH is the News Director at WWNO, where she oversees

the station’s expanding coverage of New Orleans and southeast

Louisiana news stories, and develops New Orleans Public Radio’s

capability to report news of national significance for NPR. Follow

her on Twitter at @evetroeh.

 

ROB WALKER, author of Letters from New Orleans, writes about

design, technology, business, and other subjects. He’s a regular

contributor to Design Observer, writes The Workologist column for

The New York Times Sunday Business  section, and contributes to

Yahoo Tech , Fast Company , and others. He is on the faculty of the

School of Visual Arts’ Products of Design MFA program and is

involved with various side projects, such as Significant Objects

(with Joshua Glenn), The Hypothetical Development Organization

(with Ellen Susan and GK Darby), and Unconsumption.

 

JACK WARE, a technology consultant, was a prolific blogger

during the years following Katrina. In 2010, he quietly helped direct

the early trajectory of the ongoing claims process that followed

the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2014,

inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit that has reinvigorated New

Orleans, Ware created Valence Tech Solutions, an IT company that

offers diverse technology solutions to enterprise clients. He plays

saxophone with the Browncoat Brass Band and harumph! while

remodeling the storm-damaged house he purchased in March of

2006. He lives with his wife and son.

 

DAR WOLNIK has worked as a community organizer on

consumer and environmental campaigns since the 1980s, and for

the last 15 years has focused on expanding the number and reach

of farmers markets across the U.S. She splits her time between the

French Quarter and her grandparents’ home near Abita Springs

and writes about all of it.

 

 

 

 




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