B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1999
MA, East Tennessee State University, 2001
Louie Crowder is a New Orleans playwright and novelist. His work focuses on cultural preservation and the contemporary gay experience in the south. He has consistently contributed to and participated in the cultural renaissance of Post-Katrina New Orleans, creating a disarmingly powerful and mystical body of work that speaks to the soul of the city. His most recent play, “The First Snuff Film I Ever Saw Was in Charleston, South Carolina,” premiered at The Fresh Fruit Festival in NYC July 2013.
Latest Publication Title
In Irons, Gallatin & Toulouse Press, 2014.
Keller Hardy learned that boats are instruments; they are fundamentally utilitarian and minimalist They control space and dictate time. He found that learning to sleep on a boat is the same as learning to sleep with a new lover. There are the eccentricities, the sounds he makes in the night. For Keller it was easy to love them, and in the loving he expected them. It's the expectation that bound him to the Merlin, then he became a part on the instrument.
It's after he became a part of the boat that he began to see that boats are portals, too: the points where life happens in the gray places, the interactive middle ground between spirit and man. It is neither here nor there and is exhaustingly alive for it is fundamentally created from stuff of both worlds. Artistry happens there because art is the language that bridges the gaps between divinity and those trapped into flesh and bone. It is the electricity of life lived with intention that brings the gods to these places to give comfort to those who search. It is the search, inspired by the touch of the gods, that gives life its poetry. It is the poetry that eases the weariness that inherently accompanies lives lived with authenticity.
Sailors and artists, and those whose lives are spent on the peripheries, know suspension in places where time expands. The manipulation of time can be seen as a survival tactic; a disappearing to weather bad storms. For Keller, being a sailor, artist, and a Southern gay man, he operated peripherally for the Southern understanding of Christ is hate-based. For Keller, being all three, moving onto a boat was moving onto the surface of a mirror. Navigation moves inward necessarily as living on reflective glass shatters things thought tangible. Sailors, artists, and homosexuals are God's trifecta.
"A Better House for Ritchie" 2013 Stonewall Chapbook Award Winner Publisher: Stonewall/Brickhouse Books, Baltimore, Maryland
How did Evergreen help you in your career?
Evergreen empowered me to think and operate outside the norm; then it gave me the tools to employ my vision.