The devastation of Hurricane Katrina still affects the city of New Orleans, and has had huge ramifications on the people and the places around Louisiana. I remember so clearly listening to NPR in my college dorm room, beginning my final semester of study, and for days sobbing for a city I had never visited. For the people. For the lives that matter.
Writing about disasters is no easy feat. There is such a sense of urgency, and at the same time a compulsion and a need to get the story right: to honor those who experienced it, and to share their stories, just as much (and likely more) than our own (if we are outsiders). I've never written about my time and connection to New Orleans (yet), but someday, someday I will.
Here's a great article and book list featuring fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from ten years after the flood. I've read many on this list, and I'm eager to read many more.