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.