Storyville: Voices From The University Of New Orleans

Storyville is a new collaboration between of the University of New Orleans and WWNO.

These are true stories about New Orleans written by the students in the University’s Creative Writing Workshop — our next generation of writers. The stories are as diverse, original and colorful as the city itself. The subjects range from bicycling in New Orleans in the 1880s to Hubig’s pies to teaching high school in the city to the original Storyville neighborhood. The scope is limitless. Expect to be surprised, delighted, moved and entertained.

The stories are read by the students themselves. You can hear the stories here as podcasts, as well as read the entire script and learn about the students themselves. You will also hear the stories on the air.

From the moment you hear Irvin Mayfield play the spirited theme he composed especially for Storyville, you know you’re someplace special.

Welcome to Storyville.

Richard Goodman, Creative Director

Storyville: Finding It In The Sun

Apr 17, 2014
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Baseball season is underway. This is a sacred time where I’m from. Sun, grass, children playing in the park, all the memories of youth rushing back. But in New Orleans, the start of baseball season is but a placeholder: some 200 days until the Saints’ opening kickoff. This city lives on its own schedule.

I didn’t know this when I moved here.

Storyville: 'A Moveable Race'

Mar 27, 2014
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Storyville: When Jesters Have Their Day

Feb 20, 2014
Adam Karlin

The guy next to me is wearing an orange fur coat and a red feather boa; his wife is dressed as a giant grape. Someone playing the trumpet looks like a cross between a post office employee and a Mad Max road warrior. I'm wearing an inflatable alligator on my head.

This is the Bayou Boat parade, which happens on Lundi Gras, the Monday before Fat Tuesday. It's simple: folks get in boats and have an aquatic second line up Bayou St John. Anyone can join, as long as they have a floatable water craft. Or not so floatable; the trombone player's kayak is starting to list.

Storyville: 'Grieving For The Pies I've Never Eaten'

Feb 6, 2014
Laura McKnight

I’m a fan of most South Louisiana specialties — crawfish, king cake, Zapp’s Potato Chips, et cetera — but a few things make me feel like a traitor to my local roots: I prefer my coffee without chicory, I’m ambivalent about oysters, and I’m pretty sure I have never in my life eaten a Hubig’s Pie.

Storyville: 'Hollerin'

Jan 23, 2014
Woodlief Thomas

In Memory of Rod and Miss Imelda

Man, I swear you could hear Rod coming all the way from clear across Broad Ave. Laughing that big throaty Rod laugh and hollering out his “Alrights!” and “Okays!” while that old rusty bike dodged those Guv Nicholls St. potholes, squeaking up a storm. Didn’t matter if you were a stranger or not, you were gonna catch a holler from Rod.

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