Chênière began as an idea in the summer of 2014, with Nicholls Language and Literature faculty Scott Banville wanting an online journal in the Humanities at the university. Shana Walton became the first faculty advisor of the journal thereafter. Afterwards, Professors Patrick Perkins and Michael Martin took over as faculty advisors for the journal. Creative Writing student Anna Babin served as the journal’s first student editor. The journal is based out of Nicholls State University, located in the Bayou Region of Thibodaux, Louisiana. The name is derived from a local, coastal environmental feature. The journal is in its third issue and continues to evolve. The goal of Chênière is to become the top undergraduate Humanities journal in the Gulf Coast Region.

The name Chênière was chosen not only for its local connections but also for the way it works as a metaphor for knowledge. Like Chênières, knowledge is temporary, built up over time in a gradual way, provides firm ground for putting down roots, for settling down and creating more knowledge and culture and then is either slowly replaced by a new Chênière via the process of silt and erosion or suddenly through a hurricane-like event. 


Angel Chaisson
Caleb Martin
Lexie Pellegrin


Rebecca Beyer
Kori Chaney
Caleb Martin


Scott Banville
Madeline Cagle
Tiffany Duet
Alex Fabrizio
Abigail Scherer
Stuart Tully
Paul Wilson



Dr. Michael S. Martin

Dr. J. Patrick Perkins