First published in 1979, Umbra is the award-winning student literary magazine of the Creative Writing Program of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA).

Editorial Team

Libby Northup

Julia Sholl

Ruby Whitaker

Creative Director

Eme Struckhoff


Tia Clark

Anne Gisleson, Chair

E. Gross

Anya Groner

Andy Young


New Orleans Center for Creative Arts is a regional, pre-professional arts training center that offers students intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts: filmmaking & audio production, music (classical, jazz, vocal), theatre arts (drama, musical theatre, theatre design), visual arts, and creative writing, while demanding simultaneous academic excellence.

Silas Cooper, Interim CEO

Kesha McKey, Director of Arts

Brian Hammell, Director of Communications

Blake Coheley, Director of Admissions

2800 Chartres Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70117