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Katheryn Krotzer Laborde

Katheryn Krotzer Laborde is a New Orleans writer who grew up thinking she was the product of a mixed marriage, all because her mother was a Virginian and her father was from Philly. Her work has appeared in several journals and websites, including Callaloo, Poets&Writers, CrossRoads, SNReview, Fresh Yarn, noladiaspora, and Xavier Review, and has earned her such honors as the Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist’s Fellowship and the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Gold Medal for the Novella. After Katrina, she wrote (and published) a good bit about evacuation experiences as well as life during the early days of disaster recovery. She is the author of Do Not Open: The Discarded Refrigerators of Post-Katrina New Orleans.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Vintage Pyrex
  2. Clouds
  3. Coffee
  4. Flannery O’Connor
  5. The physical presence of books. Lining the shelves . . . stacked in little piles everywhere
  6. Road trips
  7. Bracelets
  8. The roar of traffic. It’s a sound of movement (much like the ocean’s advance and retreat) that is both soothing and exciting.
  9. Flea markets and antique malls
  10. Theme songs from television shows. They fill me with a sudden sense of anticipation and, for some odd reason, hope.

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