When the Water Came:
Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina
Interview-poems by Cynthia Hogue. Photographs by Rebecca Ross
Published by University of New Orleans Press, August 2010
When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina is a compelling collection of interview-poems by Cynthia Hogue and photographs by Rebecca Ross that portrays the experiences of twelve evacuees. These evacuees include ordinary people from all walks of life–people like Freddie Munn, a disabled man who built a raft of doors, then swam to safety after his raft capsized, spending the next week on a bridge before being rescued, and Ardie Cooper, a casino bartender, who clung with her daughter to the roof of their home while being inundated by the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. When the Water Came gives form and voice to the resourcefulness of individual evacuees expressed through their own words and in the photographs of faces, rescued possessions, and lost homes. Through images and words, these survivors tell us about courage, dignity, and resilience.
A number of events are planned in conjunction with publication of the book, including an exhibition coordinated by Scottsdale Public Art as well as an exhibit and signing at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. Your purchase or donation at the $375 level or above ensures your name listed in the acknowledgments at each venue.
When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina
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When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina, are supported in part by: Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts; City of Tempe, Arizona; Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University; and the Ted Decker Catalyst Fund.
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All Photographs © 2010 Rebecca Ross.