Inspired by the author's service in St. Bernard Parish in the aftermath of Katrina, The Parish: An AmeriCorps Story is a graphic novel for the boomerang generation.
Our story begins at Camp Believe, the abandoned elementary school that Leo and his friends call home. Leo runs the newsletter while Kiley, the girl he thinks he loves, spends her days rebuilding houses. Then there’s Snave, Leo’s teammate, a rebel without a clue who chafes against authority and the letter of the law. Over the course of The Parish, these characters come of age, trespassing into areas of their lives that were previously taboo.
Joel Smith teaches English at the University of Arizona. He is fiction editor for Spork Press and has short stories in Witness, [PANK], Word Riot, and elsewhere.
Ryan Winet is a doctoral candidate in Literature at the University of Arizona. He edits poetry for The Offending Adam and works in a variety of media, including pencil and ink.