Laura Janelle McKnight is a Thibodaux, La., native who got her feet wet as a news reporter and announcer for the city’s KTIB-640 AM radio station. She also wrote for The Times of Houma, La. before spending nearly six years as a staff writer for The Courier in Houma, La., covering everything from levee breaches and coastal land loss to escaped emus and wild nutria hunts. She graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2013 with an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction and now works as a writing tutor at Delgado Community College, a T-shirt salesperson at Dirty Coast Downtown, and a contributing drinks writer for Nola.com.
Laura was lured to New Orleans partly by the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans, but mainly by the music. While she worked as a journalist at The Houma Courier, she documented levee fails, FEMA fails, the West Nile virus, nutria hunts, stray emu sightings, swamp-pop bands, the rougarou, and artists who create magic from scraps. She now writes about drinks for Nola.com and bartends at a hot-dog restaurant. She loves bar dogs, Nola music, and above all, lists.