McCutchan to speak at Eagle Expo dinner
The seventh annual Louisiana Eagle Expo, to be held in Morgan City Feb. 9-11, will feature a dinner and a presentation by writer Ann McCutchan, author of “River Music: An Atchafalaya Story” at the Petroleum Club of Morgan City, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.
The Eagle Expo is a tribute to the return of the American Bald Eagle to Louisiana, which was removed from the endangered species list in June 2007.
Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River Basin, the heart and soul of Acadiana, or Cajun country, is the focus of McCutchan’s compelling narrative. A weaving of cultural and environmental history, “River Music: An Atchafalaya Story,” also tells the life story of Louisiana musician, naturalist, and sound documentarian Earl Robicheaux.
An original blend of nature writing, music history, biography, journalism and memoir, “River Music: An Atchafalaya Story” eloquently celebrates the 1.5 million watery acres that have shaped the lives of the people there and been transformed by the people in return.
An epilogue written in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the devastating oil spill that followed provides a fitting and emotional addition to this memorable book.
McCutchan began her writing career as classical music critic for the Austin American-Statesman and art and antiques columnist for Gannett News Service. As a journalist, she wrote hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles on the fine and literary arts, family issues, travel and the environment, and received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America. She has been awarded grants, fellowships and residencies from a number of prestigious foundations.
She holds music degrees from Florida State University and the University of Michigan, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston. She is the founding director of the University of Wyoming’s MFA creative writing program and has taught creative writing at the University of North Texas since 2005.
This three-day event will also include guided boat tours into Lake Verret, Turtle Bayou, Bayou Black, Bayou Long and the Atchafalaya Basin. The Expo will also feature seminars by wildlife experts, a presentation by Save Our American Raptors (SOAR) – South, which includes live raptors, and an all-day photography workshop given by C.C. Lockwood.
For a complete event schedule, cost and registration form, contact the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau at 395-4905 or visit online at www.cajuncoast.com.