Welcome to the Katrina 2013 issue of the NOLA DIASPORA.
It’s been eight years.
Thanks to Sarah Woodward, Benjamin Franklin High School (New Orleans, LA) 2005 and Stanford University 2009 (California), for orchestrating such a great issue! (Click here to read Sarah's editorial page.)
We are focusing on the voices and visions of artist and writers around the age of thirty, who are finishing school, starting careers and partner-relationships, and still sorting memories of the hurricane and the levee break.
One of the first things that strikes me is the architectural and structural focus of the issue. As a writer, I wonder if the first response of both art and words is to grasp at form and formal structures—and if those structures have to have a tangible frame--after water and wind so effectively and completely destroyed our notions of solidity, substance, and permanence.
Word Place has poems entitled “Diorama of the Uninhabited Home” by Christopher Varlack and “Archeology” by J. P. Andreason. The vignette “Branch Bank” by Grant Cassidy moves from a reflection on acquaintance and intimacy at local banks to a tender riff on motherhood. Louis Braquet’s “Sutra of Days” and “Last Night in Persia” are love poems decrying the exoticization of city eroticized by its duress and disaster. James Capozzi’s review of Megan Burns’ Sound and Basin notes the collection’s spatial treatment of temporal issues, and Arwen Byrd’s review of Blue Jasmine reveals how Woody Allen’s remake of A Streetcar Named Desire, set alternately between New York and San Francisco, rectifies reified sentimental conceptions of the Crescent City through her pervasive and insistent absence.
In Art Space, the paintings and installations created by Sarah Woodward, Bonnie Maygarden, Louis Braquet, and Carlie Trosclair all approach these issues of insubstantiality and impermanence with touching deference and insight.
Please enjoy our issue and remember to share it and your journey with a friend…..
NOLADIASPORA is currently reviewing submissions for the
Mardi Gras 2014 issue.
We hold an open call and read from August 15th through May 15th each year. We are also calling for submissions, critical and creative—in poetry, prose, photography, painting, drawing, video, music--for four special issues:
Our submissions guidelines are detailed under the
- Critical Regionalism and Diaspora Studies:
guest editor, Rachel Jennings, UTSA
- Thirty and Under:
guest editor, Sarah Woodward,
Mural Music and Arts Project, San Francisco, CA
- Service Learning, Disasters, and Diasporas:
guest editor, Anne-Marie Turnage, VSU
- The Northeast Louisiana:
guest editor, Minnette Watkins, Independent Scholar
and Wanda Waller, SUSLA
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