Welcome Back!

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Lovely Bayou Enthusiasts, We’ve had a hot, sweaty summer down here in New Orleans, and hope that wherever your summers have taken you have involved significantly fewer cockroaches. As the bugs start to… Continue reading

Almae Matres: Clare MacGregor

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I believe that the books that make an impact on our lives find us when the time is right; it’s the literary version of the saying ‘when the student is ready the teacher will appear’.

Almae Matres: Erin Wisti

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The best ending I’ve ever read is from Alice Munro.

SPACE AND LOVE, UNSEALED WITH KAILYN MCCORD

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We should build a desk, he said. A writing desk.

Almae Matres: Keri Rachal

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I have a love/loathe relationship with a coffee mug. It’s bright white with a heart-shaped sentence emblazoned in red lettering on the front: “Write Like a Motherfucker.”

PROCESS: Clare Harmon

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These questions that concern my life concern my writing. More accurately they rack my writing sometimes-writhing often-writing body.

Almae Matres: Stephanie Glazier

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I had a dream where Yuknavitch and I are girls together, and we are in the bath and she is writing letter shapes in the soap bubbles on my back.

Almae Matres: Jill Kolongowski

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Perhaps someday I’ll learn how to charm the cobra.

Announcing the Winners of Our 2015 Fiction and Poetry Prizes!

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Bayou is pleased to announce the winners, finalists, and runners-up of our annual James Knudsen Prize in Fiction and Kay Murphy Prize in Poetry.

Almae Matres: Leslie J. Anderson

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I came back to reality when the Land Rover behind me honked. I went through the green light, pulled into the McDonalds parking lot, and read the first three chapters.