ABOUT

louie-headshotA New Orleans writer, 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 first book, “A Better House for Ritchie” was published December 2013 by Stonewall/Brickhouse Books in Baltimore, Maryland. His second, the novella In Irons, was published May 2014 by Gallatin and Toulouse Press in New Orleans.

 

Louie Crowder: BIO

 

I was homeless for a year after losing my house in Hurricane Katrina. FEMA told me I didn’t qualify for government assistance because I had good credit and a graduate degree. Apparently the logic was I had a better chance at rebounding economically. It didn’t matter I was homeless, only had a few changes of clothes, and my job had also been destroyed; not to mention the laundry list of shock-related PTSDs. And to top it off I had just bought my house and every dime I had had been invested into the property.

 

At the time, both before and after the storm, I was pretty well embroiled in the theatre. But after the storm I was writing from people’s couches, from anywhere I was at, preparing and planning on going into the self-producing playwright business as soon as the city was back up and running. Before Katrina I wrote a one act play called “A Better House for Ritchie.” I re-wrote it from my friend’s couch in Seattle while homeless. I re-wrote it a couple of times; there were a couple of productions. Then it found it’s way to Brickhouse Books in Baltimore. Back in New Orleans I actually was given a mini-grant from the Tennessee Williams’ Literary Festival during the second year after the storm. It was only $150.00 but $150.00 covered the gas and food costs while I was producing my, then, new play “Cobalt Blue.”

 

Over the course of the four years following the storm I wrote and self-produced a series of six plays dealing with the mystical aspects of human survival and tragedy - nothing anyone was really interested in. It cost me a fortune when all was said and done, but theatre is intrinsically a money losing proposition; in hindsight, though, it was those plays that kept me sane.

 

I wasn’t really interested so much in prose, or the novel, until I left New Orleans for a sailboat on the East Coast. I left New Orleans and the theatre simultaneously. I didn’t write anything for about six months then this story came out of nowhere in the form of the first draft of “In Irons.” I wanted to tell this story that was developing but refused to do it as a play. To write a play would be a waste of time from the get go. I needed a format that would actually have a chance of getting an audience at the very front end of the publication process. The process was satisfying in a way the theatre had never been. By the time “In Irons” saw the light of day I had three years invested into it. It took a long time to trust it; I didn’t understand the rhythms.

 

My prose clearly comes from years in the theatre. It’s what I have to bring to the table: a playwright’s approach to the novel. However, I have not abandoned the theatre. Every story requires its own format and structure. The story tells the writer what it needs to be. “In Irons” was clearly a prose piece. “Henry Gereighty” and The Piss Map Series are clearly prose stories. I have a couple of plays unfold but haven’t had time to work on them. They’ll come at some point. All of my work, regardless of form, reflects the contemporary gay southern world because that’s who I am and that experience is what I have to give.

PROJECTS

A Better House for Richie

In December 2013 I had a one act play published by Stonewall/BrickHouse Books in Baltimore (A Better House for Ritchie). The play was the 2013 Stonewall Chapbook Award Winner.

It’s about a college professor who comes home after being fired for assaulting a homophobic student. His partner has his own bad news to give; and they are faced with a fight or flight situation: leave the US to Canada, or fight.

It can be purchased on Amazon.Com, from the publishers, or through their distributor Itasca Books. The play has been performed in Seattle and New Orleans. A performance in your area would certainly raise awareness of the issues highlighted in the play. To license the play for a performance, send me your proposal through the Contact section of this website.

 

In Irons

My first novel, In Irons, was published Spring 2015 by Gallatin and Toulouse Press in New Orleans. Click Here to Purchase it on Amazon. It’s about a French Quarter bartender who walks out of his life and goes to sea, being chased in his dreams by a Great White Shark. The following is the first review – looking forward to more:

"Written in a roughhewn, noir-esque prose style and punctuated with flashes of brilliance, Louie Crowder’s In Irons is a deeply spiritual meditation on the question of whether a gay man brought up in the conservative South can ever hope to find true happiness. Postponing a self-appointed date with death, the tale’s protagonist sets sail on a journey meant to defy “the hopelessness of routine” and locate the elusive key to his own soul that he believes must be out there. But once found, what will this key unlock? A powerful character study from an exciting new literary voice.” – Louis Maistros, Author of The Sound of Building Coffins and Anti-requiem: New Orleans Stories.

The book is available in paperback and ebook. You can purchase it at the Amazon link, through the publishers site at gallatinandtoulousepress.com, or at Faubourg Marigny Bookstore on Frenchman Street in New Orleans.

 

Henry Gereighy

Henry Gereighy is my third published work (and second published novel). Next Left Press in Ascension Parish, Louisiana published the ebook April 2015. They will release the paperback late this summer. The ebook is currently available on Amazon.com. ‘Henry’ is the first book in "The Piss Map Series," (which hints at locations where the protagonist will draw attention to "wrongs that need to be righted”). -

“When Henry Gereighty woke amongst the piss and vomit and empty whiskey bottle he saw clearly and in his flash of clarity he saw his new purpose before him along the blank wall of his empty living room. It was as if God had finally shined a light before him to guide him out of the muck and mire. Before making coffee, or shitting, or taking a shower in the outside stall that he loved he took the red marker and added an extensive list of people to The Fuck You Wall; everyone he could remember from a lifetime spent being the target of Hatred. When he had finished he turned to the empty facing wall, the one where God shone the light, and moved the ladder to reach the highest place. Then, at the top of the empty facing wall he wrote: The Piss Map. The God-given vision was the clearest thing he had ever seen. …” - Henry Gereighy, Book 1 of The Piss Map Series

For a copy, click here!

 

I’m currently working on the second Henry book in The Piss Map Series; the working title: “The White Line Monster.” And I hope to be doing some readings and book signing events in the very near future on the East Coast - as soon as the Henry Gereighty paperback is released. Don’t hesitate to drop me an email for more book info, or, hell, just to chat. - Louie

CONTACT
Name:*
E-mail:*
Message:*