Lolis Eric Elie is a New Orleans-born, Los Angeles-based writer and filmmaker who has published in several genres. A staff writer for the AMC show “Hell on Wheels,” he also worked as a story editor for the HBO series “Treme.”

Working with the award-winning director Dawn Logsdon, he co- produced and wrote the PBS documentary Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans. His essay, America’s Greatest Hits, is included in Best African American Essays: 2009. A former columnist for The Times-Picayune, Lolis is the author of Treme: Stories and Recipes From the Heart of New Orleans, and Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country; he is also co-producer and writer of Smokestack Lightning: A Day in the Life of Barbecue, the documentary based on that book. Lolis is editor of Cornbread Nation 2: The Best of Southern Food Writing. A contributing writer to The Oxford American, he has published work in Gourmet, The Washington Post, Time, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Downbeat and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Lolis Eric Elie