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

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Storyville
1:59 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Storyville: Finding It In The Sun

The 1910 New Orleans Pelicans baseball team; Shoeless Joe Jackson is #12.
Credit wikimedia commons

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.

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Storyville
5:11 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Storyville: 'A Moveable Race'

Cartoon, The Mascot, New Orleans, 27 July 1891. Scenes and Incidents — A Lady Bicyclist Creates a Sensation on St. Charles Avenue.
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Storyville
4:56 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Storyville: When Jesters Have Their Day

Lundi Gras Bayou Boat parade.
Credit 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.

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Storyville
11:53 am
Thu February 6, 2014

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

The scene on Dauphine Street after the Hubig's Pie factory fire, from Laura McKnight's bedroom window.
Credit 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.

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Storyville
5:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Storyville: 'Hollerin'

The view from Woodlief's stoop on Roman St. in the 6th Ward.
Credit 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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Storyville
9:04 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Storyville: 'Not Exactly A Lady'

The 500 Club on Bourbon Street.
Credit Ryan Khatam

I first visited New Orleans in the 1970s as a teenager with my father. He and four of his friends coordinated their business trips to meet here several times a year. They did not bring their wives. They wound up their various meetings by late afternoon and drifted into the courtyard at the Hotel Richelieu one by one. Loosening ties and dropping jackets on the backs of chairs, they ordered double bourbons. By dusk, they were blearily intoxicated and ready for dinner.

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Storyville
10:10 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Storyville: Thirty

Credit Derek Bridges

I take a job during the summer as a weekend crime reporter.

The first morning nothing happens. Mostly, I bend my ear over the police radio. I’m listening for a 30 — the code for homicide — but the numbers jumble together in a messy soup of cop lingo.

I have a list of police stations and call them and ask if anything is happening.

“No, we’re quiet,” the dispatchers say.

By the afternoon, the routine has become a bore. I drift in and out of conversations about stolen Xboxes and domestic disputes.

At dusk, I pull out my list and dial again.

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Storyville
3:03 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Storyville: Repaying Karmic Debt

Credit Max Wolfe / Flickr

When I tell people I’m a high school teacher in New Orleans, they look at me like I’m a few inches taller than I was before. They look at me like I’m a saint, but if they heard how hard I laughed at things I shouldn’t, they wouldn’t assume I was so pious. This past week one of students in AP Language and Composition said Drake was the type of rapper who wears a pad when his girlfriend gets her period so he can feel her pain. Inappropriate? Definitely, but it’s lighthearted compared to the vitriol I used to spit at my teachers.

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Storyville
9:36 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Storyville: NOLA's Petals

Credit Maurice Carlos Ruffin

"Just get in your car and drive, George."

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All things New Orleans
3:05 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Jack Hopke And UNO Professor Richard Goodman Discuss New Storyville Series

Ricahrd Goodman, UNO creative writing professor and the Creative Director of Storyville.
Richard Goodman

Richard Goodman, a University of New Orleans professor of creative nonfiction writing, sits down with Jack Hope to discuss the new Storyville series — a collaboration between WWNO and the university’s Creative Writing Department.

Goodman has been at UNO for three years as an assistant professor to both graduate and undergraduate level students. Describing himself as a lifelong writer, Goodman also touched on some of his work, including his first book, French Dirt.

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