Rare is the moment in American history when the question of immigration does not arise. Despite the fact that the United States was founded as a nation of immigrants—or perhaps because of it—debates over the arrival of peoples to its shores continue to quicken the country’s pulse. Recognizing the intensity of these debates in the … Welcome Home: Benjamin Morris discusses immigration with Jana K. Lipman and Sarah Fouts
Offbeat magazine’s Best of the Beat awards are in just a couple weeks (January 31). And while I would like to see them expand their categories a bit (i.e., giving bounce artists and rappers their own separate categories, for one). I was also very excited to see some familiar names and faces on their list … This Is a Journey Into Sound: DJ Legatron Prime talks scratches, practice and primetime!
“I was thinking about stories that weren’t being told. I saw how excited people were talking about the shoes and I was like, wow, this is really important to people.” (Animals director, Benjamin Simmons) Launched in 1991, the original collection of Bally Animals celebrated the 700th anniversary of the Federation of Switzerland. However, their bold … CRAZY ‘BOUT THEM ANIMALS: Documentary Director, Benjamin Simmons talks culture, commodification, and preservation.
Zachary Lazar is a journalist and the author of six books, most recently a novel, entitled Vengeance, set in part at Louisiana’s Angola prison. He’s based here in New Orleans and teaches at Tulane University. WRBH’s David Benedetto sat down with Lazar last month to talk about his experiences at Angola, writing and trauma, and … “I Can’t Promise This is True” – An Interview with Zachary Lazar
The third annual New Orleans Poetry Festival occurred in April with a stacked deck of panels, walking tours, books, and of course readings. One of the headliners was poet, performer, and librettist Douglas Kearney, who is the author of six critically acclaimed books and teaches at CalArts in Santa Clarita, California. WRBH’s David Benedetto spoke to … “In Every Way I Could Think To Say It” – An Interview with Douglas Kearney
Alma Mathijsen was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is the author of six plays, a collection of short stories, and three novels. Her latest novel Forget the Girls has been critically acclaimed and is nominated for the BNG BANK Literary Prize. Mathijsen writes essays on feminism, representation and grief for NRC Handelsblad. Her work has also appeared … “I’d rather love the spikey parts” — an interview with Alma Mathijsen
As Vice President of Content at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, publisher of Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine, and author of 2015’s One Book One New Orleans selection New Orleans Boom & Black Out: 100 Days in America’s Coolest Hotspot, Brian Boyles knows a thing or two about examining our local history for enlightening nuance. … When New Orleans Dreams About Itself: An Interview with Brian Boyles
Christopher Romaguera, a Miami native, has been writing fiction and poetry in New Orleans since 2011. He has reported for NOLA Defender, The Daily Beast, and Curbed, among others. Chris is the new co-editor of Antenna’s Room 220 blog, an online space that he plans to repopulate with un-heard voices and languages that lives outside … Translating the Green Power Box: An Interview with Christopher Romaguera
From geophysicist in Sumatra to winner of the Man Booker Prize, author George Saunders has made quite a bit of his 59 years on the planet. At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20 at the New Orleans Advocate (840 St. Charles), he’ll add “reading from my book in New Orleans” to the list. WRBH’s David … “That would be fun:” An Interview with George Saunders
Poet and educator Cassie Pruyn kept herself quite busy last year, publishing and releasing two books: a heavily researched, non-fiction manuscript entitled Bayou St. John: A Brief History and her first collection of poetry, Lena. Earlier this month, WRBH’s David Benedetto sat down with Cassie to talk about the process behind her work, what it … As it once was, in this very spot: An Interview with Cassie Pruyn