Listen to Dalt read from French Quarter Fables
Susan Larson, The New Orleans Advocate, January 7, 2019
Like many good ideas in New Orleans, Luna Press began over drinks on a French Quarter balcony. Photographer Josephine Sacabo and her husband, writer Dalt Wonk, recalled a visit with Mexican guests, during which discussion turned to founding a publishing company.
“But what we would call it?” Wonk asked.
“One of the women pointed up at the moonlit sky and said, ‘La Luna,’ ” Sacabo remembered. A fitting name and serendipitous beginning for the publisher of such dreamy books as “Nocturnes,” with Sacabo’s moonstruck images and Wonk’s distinctive poems. And with that book, Wonk added, “We knew we could do it.”
R. Stephanie Bruno, The New Orleans Advocate, December 27, 2018
When Dalt Wonk and Josephine Sacabo moved back to America from France in 1973, they chose to settle in the city that would cause the least culture shock. That was New Orleans and, specifically, the French Quarter.
“The Quarter was a wonderful place to live in the early 1970s,” Wonk said. “There were writers and artists and musicians, a creative scene, because it was a cheap place to live. Rents were as little as $10 a night to $100 a month. It was the most European of American cities, and it’s why Josephine and I have been so happy.”
Karl Lengel, WWNO, November 29, 2018
“The French Quarter has been a cultural crossroads of the world for centuries. Its streets, alleys and buildings have provided a background for multitudes of stories, both fiction and non-fiction, that have chronicled the passages of time, lives and spirits. New Orleans’ writer Dalt Wonk, a French Quarter icon, has lived there most of his life and offers a brand new volume of stories that reflect the neighborhood’s unique charm, appropriately titled, Spiritual Gifts: French Quarter Short Stories. WWNO’s Karl Lengel sat down with Dalt to talk about the book.”
Country Roads Magazine, December 2018
“One of the most important skills any person can develop is to eavesdrop well. If you can gaze vacantly at a paperback while skimming the conversations around you like radio stations, you’ll seldom have a dull flight. (The paperback is essential; the last thing you want to have happen is that someone you’re trying to eavesdrop on actually addresses you.) If you can master this feat, the world is your Scheherazade; prison stints, miscarriages, failed loves, alcoholic binges, dramatic resignations, ashtray-throwing breakups, and any other human drama you can imagine will be described within eight feet of you if you but look nonthreatening and hide behind a novel.