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toby leBlanc


A little more color to this Cajun

Raised on Bayous and Boudin, educated by Bengals, and now clad in Boots, my writing finds it's Bearing in the South.  All opinions and random thoughts are my own.

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DARK ROUX available now!

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If the dead end moves not once, but twice, shouldn’t that make it twice the party?

Chuck, "The End of the World Bar," Soaked

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Contests and Publications

Dark Roux, Unsolicited Press, 2022

Hidden River Arts, Hawk Mountain Short Story Collection ~ Semi- Finalist

Faulkner Wisdom-Words Competition ~ Finalist

Black Lawrence Press, The Hudson Prize ~ Semi-Finalist

Texas Review Press, George Garrett Fiction Prize ~ Finalist

Leapfrog Press, Fiction Prize ~ Longlisted

The Writing District, Monthly Winner ~

Barrelhouse Magazine, Special Villains Issue ~

Deep South Magazine ~

Coffin Bell Journal, Issue 1.3 ~

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Sneak Peek

Hurricane Katrina was a touchstone moment in my life. I still think I could have done more and should have. I was only an hour away from...

Top 20 Highlights of AWP

20. Mountains. With Snow. 19. The brand new Seattle Summit Convention Center building is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. 18. Seattle weather. Yes I know...

Caricaturized again

The image to the left is a good representation of the audio sample I heard for Dark Roux (launched 3/2). It's innocent enough, seeing...

Lundi Gras

The sweet agony of anticipation is what makes everything worth it. Watching those food videos where they cut the steak is better than...

Book Giveaway!

It is DARK ROUX's 6 month birthday! I want to give away a copy to you by pulling your name out of this top hat. To enter for a free copy...

Mardi Gras Nostalgia

Things that make me nostalgic during Mardi Gras season: Cheap plastic beads The knife stays in the King Cake Box! Any song by Professor...


I love that term, hyper-local. As if local was not close enough. So much of my writing is focused on regional community. I like writing...

A continuation of the new me

I find resolutions are an exercise in disappointment. But, several years ago I was out on New Year's Eve with my wife and some friends...

Human Nature vs. Human Being

When I was at LSU I was obsessed with getting a better understanding of human nature. I used up my elective credits taking philosophy,...

The Cajun Way

This weekend one of my literary dreams meets my culinary dreams. On Saturday I will show up at Reverie Books in South Austin to sign...

Season of Gratitude

Touts mes amis! It's been so long since we talked! Today I want you to see in written words how unbelievably grateful I am for what's...

Reed's Revolution

A week ago, when I grabbed my phone at 1230AM because I couldn't sleep, I fully expected to fall into a Tik Tok hole and be up for...

Found in Translation

Y'all need to tune into . I have been listening on the way to work and it has been a...

If Cane Could Talk

Check out my recent review of If Cane Could Talk on Goodreads. It is a solid companion to Dark Roux, giving much more of the political...

Ownership bankruptcy

The above is an excerpt from Barry Lopez’s Horizon. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book which felt as if it were speaking from...

Avengers, Assemble!

I know I've been posting a lot about whiteness. As I'm approaching the pub date for Dark Roux, I'm thinking more and more about scenes in...

Into Nothing

"Whiteness, alone, is mute, meaningless, unfathomable, pointless, frozen, veiled, curtained, dreaded, senseless, implacable. Or so our...

It's sooner than you think

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