The spring 2017 issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas celebrates the 2017 Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Bright Lights Awards recipients. Feature essays include:
- LEH 2017 Humanist of the Year William Joyce on his Shreveport roots, innovative career, and his uproarious night at the 2012 Oscars
- An excerpt from Shane Bernard’s 2017 LEH Book of the Year “Teche: A History of Louisiana’s Most Famous Waterway“
- A portfolio from 2017 Michael P. Smith Photographer of the Year Eric Waters
- Susan Larson’s interview with 2017 LEH Lifetime Achievement Awardee Susan Tucker
- Zella Palmer on legendary chef Nellie Murray, the “Queen of Creole Cuisine”
- Michael Patrick Welch on the 20th anniversary of John Barry’s “Rising Tide”
We also have new columns by Richard Campanella, Alison Fensterstock, Ben Sandmel, and Benjamin Morris; stories from Alexandria, Lafayette, and the skies above the Gulf of Mexico; partner sections from the Historic New Orleans Collection, Louisiana State Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Shreveport Regional Arts Council; plus our picks for the spring season.