NolaVie has published thousands of articles by hundreds of writers. Our editors curate content from at-large submissions (send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org).
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, who passed away on June 24, 2016, was the president and co-founder of NolaVie. We continue to remember her and her personal and professional contributions to NolaVie and New Orleans. She had 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.
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 Renee@nolavie.com.
Kelley Crawford is a professor of composition at Bard Early College New Orleans, a columnist and writer for NolaVie, as well as a freelance radio host for WWNO. She also spends her professional time as the president of Shotgun Cinema and as a Senior Coach and Mentor for Pearson, with a focus on academically assisting prisoners and adults through college courses. When she isn't being all professional, you can find her dancing in parades with the dance krewe, Cosmonaughties, traveling while writing young adult books, and volunteering at WRBH, Reading Radio for the Blind and Print Impaired. She has a weekly column entitled "Artists in Their Own Words," where she asks a-typical questions to artists around New Orleans. To contact Kelley, you can email her at email@example.com
Sarah Holtz is an independent radio producer. She produces arts and culture pieces for New Orleans Public Radio. You can hear her work on Notes from New Orleans, Louisiana Eats, and NOLA Life Stories. At WRBH Reading Radio, she writes grants and programs music articles. Sarah also hosts the Sunday Blues show at WTUL New Orleans. She's interested in the ways in which place and memory can be expressed in sound. She spends a lot of time listening to things. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lydia Straka (Photo by: David Grunfeld)
Lydia Straka is a New Orleans native who has recently completed her freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis. Though still juggling possibilities for her future, she loves to write and cares deeply about social justice and women's rights. She is NolaVie's summer intern for 2017, and her column "Conversations with My Dad" will take on issues of gender, gentrification, women's health, and other conundrums present at her dinner table and in New Orleans. Lydia can be contacted at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Folwell is a native New Orleanian. He lives downriver and on the “wrong” side of the tracks. A former Peace Corps volunteer, teacher, coach and principal, he now tries to get schools and kids fired up about learning. He writes about education – and other stuff. He’s currently working on a collection of short stories called, He Falls Well. He can be reached at email@example.com
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.
David Benedetto is the Assistant Program Director and Marketing Director at WRBH Reading Radio for the Blind and Print Impaired here in New Orleans, where he also hosts the weekly “Writer’s Forum” program and "Audio Portraits" podcast. He writes about culture for NolaVie's "Notes From New Orleans" series and can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Isabelle Prevot
Growing up with New Orleans as her playground, Sarah Isabelle Prevot is passionate about writing the stories that make this city uniquely beautiful. Drawing inspiration from the rich culture emanating from the Crescent City, she never knows where her next adventure will lead her. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Arts Administration at the University of New Orleans. Follow her on Twitter @siprevot and email her at email@example.com.
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.
Cassie Pruyn is a New Orleans writer originally hailing from Portland, Maine. Alongside a book of poetry, she is currently working on a narrative history of the Bayou St. John, called Bayou St. John: A Brief History—which will focus on the bayou’s various roles as portage route, drainage outlet, commercial conduit, houseboat colony, and beautification project, from prehistory to the present-day. If you have ideas or materials that might shed light on the history of the bayou or its surrounding neighborhoods, you can email Cassie at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can learn more about the project at cassiepruyn.com.
Ema Fik - Emma Fick Foto: Milena Đorđević
Emma Fick is an artist and illustrator currently working on Snippets of New Orleans, a series of illustrations exploring New Orleans history and culture one drawing at a time. Emma published the illustrated book Snippets of Serbia after living in Serbia for nearly two years. After New Orleans, she'll move on to illustrate other cultures-- Brazil is a likely next stop! If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for what would make good subject matter for a Snippets illustration, you can send her a message her through the "contact" page at www.emmafick.com .
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@example.com.
Kim Frusciante and Edith
Kim Frusciante is an educator, Tulane alumna, and new mom who loves all things New Orleans. Though she wishes she could claim to be a native New Orleanian, she will happily settle for raising one instead. Kim is passionate about enjoying the culture of our city with her daughter, Edith, and helping others to do the same with their little ones. Let Edith be your test-baby: Email Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Kim (well, Edith…) on Instagram @feedithnola, and visit her blog at feedithnola.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@example.com.
Summer Suleiman is a health writer and blogger who began her journalism career with CNN. She returned home to New Orleans in 2013 to recover, after she was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease. Her doctor recommended that she eliminate fatty foods from her diet, and abstain from alcohol. So, what did she do? She moved to New Orleans. In Summer in the City, she writes about her experience living healthy (or trying to) in a city best known for its fabulous (unhealthy) food and debauchery. You can read about her journey saying no po'boys and Sazeracs, and yes to kale and juicing at www.HealthySummer.me or on Twitter @summersuleiman.