Things I think I need to write (mostly in order): – a laptop – white space – a comfortable, supportive chair – books that I love or haven’t yet read piled nearby – a door, sometimes open, sometimes shut – coffee or tea – the option to get up and walk around or stretch – […]

I have a desk. It’s that flat space where I stack things so tall that the piles wobble and slide into one another. Every so often I clear a space and try to re-establish my authority, but it never works for long. The papers multiply when my back is turned. They clamor for attention. I don’t get much writing […]


Bayou’s celebration of National Short Story Month continues with UNO’s own Barb Johnson reading an excerpt from “The Invitation,” a short story collected in her acclaimed 2009 book, More of This World or Maybe Another. In the book, the lives of four unlikely friends intersect on the backstreets of New Orleans. Living amid poverty and violence, these fragile […]


With short story month now underway, one of the first questions that comes to everyone’s minds may be: Who really reads short stories aside from MFA students and high school English classes? As it turns out, filmmakers do. Below is a list of short story adaptations that might make you rethink how you look at the […]

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Issue 61 is here! Come celebrate with us in a varied evening of readings, music, and prizes. Bayou contributors will read. Editors will dance. Writers will drink in the way that only writers can drink. The skinny: Issue 61 Launch Party 6:30pm May 22nd Mid City Yacht Club 440 S St Patrick St., New Orleans, LA 70119 […]


National Short Story month is finally upon us! To celebrate, Bayou staff members have compiled some terrific content, including story reviews, interviews with fiction writers, audio clips of readings, and info about New Orleans literary events (including a reading at Bayou’s Issue 61 Launch Party, more details to come). Be on the lookout for National Short Story […]


Echoes is a digital reading series featuring writers from around the country reciting their favorite poems, along with a recording of the poet themselves reading their work. This week, poet Lily Duffy reads Charles Olson’s “Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 [withheld].” “My first exposure to “Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 [withheld]” was the YouTube video […]