Deborah Burst


An award winning freelance writer and photographer, Deb is a New Orleans native, and enjoys writing outdoors at her home in Mandeville. She specializes in travel, culinary culture and historical architecture with more than a 1,000 published articles with local, regional and national publications. In the spring of 2013, national publication Old House Interiors featured her work as a cover photo and article.

Deb grew her corporate career in financial computing with Hibernia National Bank and as customer support manager with IBM. She graduated from Tulane University in 2003 with a BFA Cum Laude in Media Arts and a Business Studies associate degree. She co-founded the Northshore Literary Society, is a member of the Southeastern Outdoors Press Association, a member and former board member of Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association, and member of the Women’s National Book Association.

She served on two writing panels for the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans, and was selected to read her essay on the Mississippi NPR station. With her recent book release of, “Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans: Historic Churches, Cathedrals, and Sanctuaries,” she is traveling across the state in speaking engagements and enjoying invites and guest appearances on the WWL Monica Pierre show, WWNO The Reading Life with Susan Larson, and on the WYES Steppin’ Out with Peggy Laborde.

Deb is the recipient of 19 writing and photography awards over the last nine years. Samples of her writing and photography are available at


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Prairie Ronde Rice offers single-variety, freshly milled rice. Read more


Four small-town stores making their ways in a changing world Read more

People & Places

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Deborah Burst

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People & Places

In Natchitoches, the newest jewel in the Louisiana State Museum system crown celebrates Louisiana’s sporting heritage. Read more

Outdoor Adventures

Behind every rescue animal is an unsung hero, and Terrie Varnado leads the pack. Tail wagging, Fabio peered through his carrying case listening to a crowd of ladies swooning over his curly locks. A fluffy ball of fur, the 4-year-old white M... Read more

People & Places


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Lights of the Dead: Is Lacombe’s All Saints Day candlelight vigil rooted in ancient Maya tradition? One local history buff thinks so. Read more


Treats along the Trace: What better incentive to pedal that extra mile than a snoball bribe? Read more

Outdoor Adventures