NolaVie has published thousands of articles by hundreds of writers. Our editors curate content from at-large submissions (send yours to [email protected]).
But the heart and core of NolaVie lies with the work of dedicated regular contributors who voice their observations of New Orleans life, places, and people. Meet some of them:
Sharon Litwin, president and co-founder of NolaVie, has extensive non-profit experience in the New Orleans community. For 12 years, she served the musicians of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), the only musician-owned, collaboratively managed fulltime symphony orchestra in America, first as Executive Director and then as Senior Vice President. Prior to that, she served for 12 years as an Assistant Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art, where she directed a $27 million expansion project, built up numerous membership groups, and created long-term relationships with funders both locally and nationally. She also worked at The Times-Picayune as a feature writer and with WYES-TV, Public Television in New Orleans as Executive Producer. Sharon writes Culture Watch every Thursday for NolaVie, and her online interviews with movers and shakers in the cultural community are produced on air as Notes From New Orleans on WWNO public radio, the local NPR affliliate. Email her at [email protected]
Renee Peck, editor of NolaVie, worked for 32 years as a feature editor and writer at The Times-Picayune, earning Associated Press and Press Club of New Orleans awards along the way. She helped launch the first Times-Picayune website in the 1990s, when the Internet was in its infancy. Among her past titles are Food Editor, Entertainment Editor, TV Editor, Assistant Living Editor, and Home and Garden Editor. Her This Mold House column chronicled with humor and inexpertise her rebuilding efforts post-Katrina. Her Big Easy Living column for NolaVie explores the way we live in this always entertaining but sometimes uneasy city. Email her at [email protected]
Laine Kaplan-Levenson is managing editor at NolaVie, as well as a station producer at WWNO. She began her career in New Orleans as Assistant Design Producer for the production company Rehage Entertainment and went on to work with the local online news and culture publication NOLADefender, where she served as Assistant Publisher for two years. From June 2012 to October 2013, she worked as a producer for the interactive documentary project LandofOpportunity. Laine is also the producer of Moth Storyslam and runs her own live storytelling event called Bring Your Own. Email her at [email protected]
Chelsea Lee is associate editor of NolaVie. She received each her bachelor's degree (English and Business) and master's degree (English) from Tulane University. She appreciates pugs, fashion, and properly used semicolons. Chelsea strives to raise community awareness about inappropriate adjective/adverb transposition. E-mail her at [email protected]
Bettye Anding is a former editor of the Living section of The States-Item (for those of you who remember New Orleans' former afternoon daily) and later The Times Picayune. She wrote Silver Threads for the TP until her retirement a few years back, and now writes it for NolaVie. In it, she ponders, with humor, the ins and outs of living the senior life in New Orleans. Email comments to her at [email protected]
A New York transplant and wanderer at heart, Joey Albanese moved to New Orleans in 2012 to get a little lost, hoping that by doing so, he'd be able to answer the cliche questions that people ask themselves in their twenties. With a suitcase and no plan, he eventually found NolaVie, where someone thought it was a good idea for him to write a weekly column. In Twenty(something) Questions, he explores the vulnerability and self-doubt that comes along with "figuring it out," particularly in a generation that questions everything. Feel free to send any questions you may have for him to [email protected]. However, please keep in mind that he probably does not know the answers.
Brian Friedman is a New Orleans native, graduate of Harvard (which he calls "the best six years of his life"), screenwriter and film producer. He writes about all things New Orleans for NolaVie, and produces a monthly column on Hollywood South that also airs on WWNO radio, 89.9 FM, the local NPR affiliate.
Madewood Plantation House is delighted to have lived on Bayou Lafourche for just under 170 years. "Queen of the Bayou," she has never forgotten her humble beginnings as more than 600,000 handmade bricks, hundreds of buckets of stucco and a forest of cypress trees felled on the property, hence her name, Madewood. She would like to thank both Col. Thomas Pugh, a transplant from North Carolina, for hiring aspiring young New Orleans architect Henry Howard to make sense of the bricks, stucco and cypress used in her construction, and Irish itinerant artist Cornealieus Hennessy, for making the cypress look like marble, oak and exotic woods. Special hugs to Keith Marshall, former staff writer at the late/great Times-Picayune and Rhodes Scholar who never figured out what to do with his Oxford D. Phil, for his preservation efforts and dubious writings about me and my guests every Tuesday in How's Bayou? the secrets of remaining sane while running an upscale B&B on Bayou Lafourche.
Brett Will Taylor
Brett Will Taylor is a southern shaman who has lived in New Orleans since 2010. A native Texan who took a 19-year detour through Boston, Massachusetts, to play in the often choppy, but never dull, waters of politics and gay activism, Will currently fills his days seeking, creating and sharing stories. His Love NOLA column runs every Thursday on NolaVie and bimonthly on WWNO public radio, 89.9 FM, the local NPR affiliate. Will also shares stories from his dance across the universe at his site, A Shaman's Journey (ashamansjourney.net). Email him at [email protected]
Glen Abbott is a New Orleans-based freelance writer and photographer whose specialty is motorcycle travel. He has written for Harley-Davidson's HOG; American Iron; Rider; RoadBike; Motorcycle Bagger; and AAA's Going Places, and has traveled thousands of miles by motorcycle throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. He has also been featured as a motorcycle travel expert on television and radio programs. Glen previously worked as a freelance television news videographer for almost 30 years, counting among his clients national news outlets ABC, CBS, and CNN. You can follow Glen's travels on his blog, www.TravelinGringo.com, or email him at [email protected]
Shane Colman is a teacher by day and live music enthusiast by night, soaking up the incredible musical gumbo of New Orleans as often as he can. Shane also writes for Live Music Blog, a content partner of Nola Vie, where he focuses primarily on rock shows in the Crescent City. Look for him at the next show you attend and he'll probably share some completely useless bit of information about the session xylophone player who appeared on the band's import-only EP.
Clarinetist Evan Christopher combines virtuosity, immaculate taste, and enthusiasm with a deep commitment to exploring the full range of possibilities in the New Orleans Jazz tradition. Anchored in the musical vocabulary created by early Creole clarinetists, he has created a highly personal brand of "contemporary early-jazz" that strives to extend the legacy of this unique clarinet style. His journey on Clarinet Road began in 1994 with his graduation from California State University, and continued with a stint with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band in San Antonio, a master's degree in musicology from Tulane, and an artist residency in Paris at the invitation of the French government. Back in New Orleans since 2008, Christopher is an advocate for the cultural workforce and music education. For two years, he coached a "New Orleans Music Ensemble" at the University of New Orleans, and in 2011 he began writing the popular column "Riffing On the Tradition" for NolaVie.com to discuss concerns of the New Orleans music community. In addition to his own projects and worldwide travels, he appears often with forward-looking groups such as the Grammy-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and is a charter member of the jazz composer guild NOLA ArtHouse Music. Email him at [email protected]
Native New Orleans food writer Scott Gold, author of The Shameless Carnivore and a blog by the same name, has written for Gourmet, Edible Brooklyn, The Faster Times, and other publications. His Food Porn Friday column for NolaVie offers a mouth-watering photo designed to start culinary conversations in the Big Easy. Catch his weekly food reviews and culinary articles in Gambit. Email him at [email protected]
Rachael Kostelec is a Pennsylvania transplant best known as an award winning comedienne, talk radio show host, and writer. She is the lead shoe stylist for www.right2shoes.com, founder of the WGIRLS NOLA, and the queen of karaoke. Although she studied Political Science at the University of Tennessee she is currently practicing Political Incorrectness in New Orleans. She is an avid dog lover and mother to Paris Hilton, Siberian Husky. She writes about life, liberty, and the pursuit of a good cocktail. Rachael can be reached for questions/comments by email [email protected] or on twitter @therealplandd. Check out her blog www.therealplandd.tumblr.com.
Jason Kruppa is a New Orleans-based photographer specializing in portraiture and fine art, with extensive experience in photojournalism, fashion and commercial work. His photos have been published in a variety of settings, from Town & Country and Travel & Leisure to The Times-Picayune and Scene Magazine. He served as photo editor on the biography LENNON: The Man, The Myth, The Music, published by Hyperion Press, and curated exhibits for the Louisiana Supreme Court from 2006-2011. He is also a Getty Images contributor.
Artist and writer Carol Pulitzer writes about New Orleans people and places for NolaVie. Read her blog of illustrated super short stories at littletheatre1.com; her story Carmelita was a semi-finalist for the Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction at Loyola University. Her illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Anchorage Daily News, Mother Earth News, Senior Golfer, Spirituality and Health. She also designed the Krewe of Iris flag that hangs at Mardi Gras. Carol is also a College Essay and Personal Writing Coach. She is an awesome cook and baker, her specialty being The Savior Torte, a Viennese flourless chocolate walnut torte. She attended the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, graduated with honors from the New York Restaurant School, and worked for five years at The Cook’s Library, Los Angeles, where she got to read cookbooks and talk about recipes for 8 hours a day, two times a week. She never did master the cash register, especially returns and gift purchase cards. She can be reached at [email protected]