When I sat down with Kirsten Reneau, I did not know entirely what to expect. What I learned from our conversation is that she’s not just a writer, but a passionate and articulate proponent of Creative Non-Fiction; she is a student and a teacher, and an editor in her own right at Bayou Magazine. To say we got along well is an understatement.
We are excited to present our featured story from our inaugural issue, Beginnings, by Kirsten Reneau. Reneau is working on her MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of New Orleans. Her work has also been accepted into The Threepenny Review, Hobart, Hippocampus Magazine, etc.
Who is your favourite author? What a mean question! I suppose it depends on what I’m looking for, really. If I need a laugh, nothing is better than a title by Christopher Moore. If I need an escape, I can rely on Richelle Mead to have me completely gripped by…
‘Recipe in Exile’ is a beautifully illustrated short film that we have had the privilege to publish in our inaugural issue ‘Beginnings’. It’s a moving film about displacement, violence, adaptation, culture, and heritage.
Creative Non-Fiction can give us that necessary push to progress into the next stage of climate grief, to go past Denial, Anger, and Bargaining, into climate depression. Among the many bitter lessons that the COVID Pandemic has taught us, there is one that is applicable to the climate crisis too, and it’s one that is at the same time oddly comforting.