Desiree Evans


Desiree Evans is a writer and activist with deep roots in the Gulf Coast. For her fellowship project she will document the stories and struggles of communities in the region. She describes it as “a multi-media poetry and fiction project that will tell the story of a fictional African-American town in South Louisiana facing displacement and environmental injustice.” Through “blending poetry, fiction, and video/photography,” the work will “highlight the experiences and voices of communities facing displacement and extinction” in the region's imperiled wetlands.

Leaving the Gulf Behind

Desiree Evans Chronicles Communities Adrift on the Bayou
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An excerpt of The Last Leaving

Before the leaving, there is the staying, there are days of in-betweens, sheltered in the arms of our mother’s mothers.

There are the days the water creeps closer and closer, teasing, like a dog lapping its tongue against our worn work boots.

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