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Rachel Breunlin

Rachel Breunlin was born in Cardiff, Wales, grew up in an old railroad suburb on the west side of Chicago, and makes her home in New Orleans. She is ethnographer-in-residence in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Orleans and codirector of the collaborative book-making organization Neighborhood Story Project. She curates poster series and exhibits, writes and edits books, runs writing workshops, and produces events that critically investigate placemaking in New Orleans and beyond. She is currently co-editing a special issue of African Arts, “Performing Africa in New Orleans,” and is working on a book on music education with traditional jazz musicians in New Orleans, in partnership with the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Single shotgun house, Seventh Ward, New Orleans
  2. The people who live there with me
  3. Friends and family who visit
  4. South Coast, New South Wales
  5. Subtropical gardens
  6. Empty pages in a journal with coffee
  7. Making books
  8. My students at UNO
  9. Crowded dance floors
  10. The things in life . . . better felt than told