Desiree Evans is a writer from Louisiana. Her writing has received support from the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA), the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Kimbilio Fiction, and the Hurston/Wright Foundation. She is currently an MFA Fiction Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin, where she is at work on her first novel and short-story collection. Follow her on twitter @desireevans. “The Last Leaving” is part of a cross-genre multimedia series Desiree’s working on exploring the impact of climate change on marginalized communities along the Gulf Coast, with support from the CultureStrike Climate and Environmental Justice Literary Fellowship.