The muses of poetry catch up with one writer at a Vermont swimming pool, where she reflects on a not-so-distant past.
- by Skye Jackson
Announcing French Quarter Journal's first poetry contest, and FQJ poetry editor/judge Skye Jackson is looking for lightning to strike.
Publication and cash prizes for winners: $100, $50 and $25. Entry fee is $5 per poem. Enter through our Submittable page. Contest Deadline May 15, 2021. Publication in June 2021. Full details below.
When a young writer lands a bit part in A Streetcar Named Desire, he steps onstage and is instantly transported into the passionate world of Tennessee Williams.
- by Richard Goodman
Despite the state's legacy of repression, some of the country's best writers are Mississippi natives. It's the birthplace of contemporary luminaries like Kiese Laymon and Jesmyn Ward. Tennessee Williams scholar Kenneth Holditch looks back at two 20th-century literary lions who wrote about that “postage stamp of native soil.”
- by Kenneth Holditch
For one of our last stories before the COVID shutdown last March, "Famine to Feast," we visited three neighborhood St. Joseph's altars. This year, only the Beauregard-Keyes House and Irene's restaurant participated in the celebration. But while New Orleans isn't feasting yet, the many open doors around the Quarter seem to signal the end of a dark and anxious year.
- photos by Ellis Anderson
More than 150 years since its publication, George Washington Cable’s Old Creole Days remains an essential New Orleans read.
- by John S. Sledge