“This distinct lived vernacular of New Orleans is poetic. It just is. I used to resent the mythologizing of my hometown, but its history is epic and felt in the present. I see why people want and need it as a totem,” says Kevin Simmonds in James Redd’s interview with the New Orleans poet, editor, and musician. Check out the full interview here.
It’s hard to believe that a year has passed, but what a year! Take a look back at the authors Redd has interviewed who have lived in the Crooked Letter state. His year-in-review post recollects the conversations featured on the Prairie Schooner blog, but, of course, there are others: Michael Farris Smith in the New Orleans Review and Chris Offutt in the Oxford American. Find out exciting about the next year in conversation, too.