Louisiana’s environmental problems are so numerous that they’ve inspired writers to address such issues as climate change, the management of rivers and water resources, and the hope for survival in the frequent storms. All of these complicated interactions between humans and landscape make for writing that is as compelling as a novel—and as terrifying as a horror novel. Here, some of the best practitioners of the craft discuss topics as varied as the fate of a single bird, the shrimping industry, or a much loved and well-observed bayou landscape. Panelists included Rien Fertel, emma x lirette, and Rob Verchick, with moderator Oliver Houck.
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