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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Lolis Eric Elie


Lolis Eric Elie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He holds an MA from the Columbia School of Journalism and an MFA from the University of Virginia. Elie was a featured columnist for New Orleans’ Times-Picayune from 1995 to 2009, and his writing has also appeared in the Oxford AmericanThe New York TimesBon Appetit, and Gourmet.

He wrote Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country and edited Cornbread Nation 2: The United States of Barbecue. More recently he joined the writing staff of HBO’s series Treme, a show that tells the story of the post-Katrina rebuilding and recovery of New Orleans. Elie lives and writes in New Orleans.

Date of interview:
2004-10-08 00:00

Interviewer:
April Grayson, Friend of the SFA

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