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I am a Louisiana-born and based freelance writer. I've written for Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Oxford American, Garden & Gun, Men's Journal, The A.V. Club, Pacific Standard, Southern Living, Saveur, The Local Palate, and many other print and online publications.

I recently finished a manuscript deconstructing the Drive-By Truckers' album Southern Rock Opera for Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series, due out in 2019.

My most recent book, The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog, a personal/historical reflection on race, labor, and foodways in the Deep South, is out now from Simon & Schuster's Touchstone imprint. My first, Imagining the Creole City, an intellectual and literary study of a circle of writers in nineteenth-century New Orleans, arrived in 2014.

In addition to the freelance life, I wear a second, professorial, hat, carving out a small niche in the teaching world. I hold a PhD in History from Tulane University and an MA from the New School for Social Research. I have taught courses at Tulane University, Bard Early College New Orleans, and, soon to come, the University of Mississippi.

I call New Orleans home, and live part-time in a 100-plus-year-old church in St. Martinville, Louisiana.

I can be reached at: rienfertel@gmail.com