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Author Kate Horigan talks about Consuming Katrina in an interview for the New Books in Folklore podcast. The New Books Network “is a consortium of author-interview podcast channels dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing serious authors to a wide public via new media.” The interview is conducted by Rachel Hopkin.


 

Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston: "Founded within a week of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, SKRH provided free training and employment for more than 70 survivors to record and archive the stories of their peers . . . Most important, many of the narrators and interviewers who participated in the project reported that sharing their stories was a healing act, a means of recovering from the devastation of the hurricanes." The project collected and presented the narratives of Katrina and Rita victims who had been displaced to Houston. The author's involvement in this project was the catalyst for Consuming Katrina and interviews from it are the subject of the first chapter.


Resilient New Orleans: "Guided by 100 Resilient Cities, Resilient New Orleans combines local expertise with global best practices to confront our most urgent threats and seek ways to redress our legacy of inequity and risk. We propose bold yet pragmatic actions to adapt our city to our changing natural environment, invest in equity, create flexible and reliable systems, and prepare for future shocks." The "Resilient New Orleans" campaign is discussed in Chapter 5 of Consuming Katrina, which describes commemoration of the storm's 10th anniversary.

 

 
 

 

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge was written by cartoonist Josh Neufeld; Neufeld initially published the story as a webcomic (2007-2008), and it has since been published as a graphic novel (2009). Neufeld draws upon interviews with Katrina survivors, media and blog accounts of the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina and its effects on New Orleans, and his own experiences as a Red Cross volunteer responding to the hurricane. "A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge tells the story of a handful of real-life New Orleans residents and their experiences during and after Hurricane Katrina." A.D. New Orleans is the subject of Chapter 3 of Consuming Katrina; this is the webcomic version of the text.


Hurricane Katrina Research Bibliography: Kai Erikson and Lori Peek compiled this extensive research bibliography, which they describe as follows: "This bibliography includes reference information for reports, journal articles, book chapters, and books that explore the human effects of Hurricane Katrina. Citations are organized according to the following subject areas: children and schools; displaced persons; economic effects and employment; elderly; emergency preparedness and response; environmental effects; evacuation; gender; health and health care; housing; media; post-disaster recovery; race and class; and research methods. The bibliography also includes authored books that discuss Katrina in general, edited books that cover a range of subjects related to the storm, special issues of scholarly journals, documentary films, and websites dedicated to Katrina."

 
 

 

Dr. Horigan's WKU faculty page.


Selected Publications by the Author

2017. "Critical Empathy: A Survivor's Study of Disaster." Fabula 58(1-2). https://doi.org/10.1515/fabula-2017-0005.

2015. “Invoking the Relative: A New Perspective on Family Lore in Stigmatized Communities,” with Sheila Bock. In Diagnosing Folklore: Perspectives on Health, Trauma, and Disability, ed.Trevor J. Blank and Andrea Kitta. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

2015. “Katrina Stories Get Graphic in A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.” In Ten Years after Katrina, ed. Mary Ruth Marotte and Glenn Jellenik. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

2014. “From ‘Angel of Mercy’ to ‘Radical Muslim’: Zeitoun’s Story Travels.” In Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives, ed. Dana Mihailescu, Roxana Oltean, and Mihaela Precup. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2010. “Legends at Work, Post-Katrina.” Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion 5.