Fiction/TV: Tom Piazza
Wednesday December 14, 2011
Award-winning novelist Tom Piazza (City of Refuge, "TREME") gives us an inside look at what it's like to write for television.
Tom Piazza is the author of ten books, including the novel City Of Refuge, which won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, and the post-Katrina classic Why New Orleans Matters. His most recent book is Devil Sent The Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America, a collection of his essays and journalism. Other books include the Faulkner Society Award-winning novel My Cold War, and the short-story collection Blues and Trouble, which won the James Michener Award for Fiction. He is currently a writer for the innovative HBO drama series Treme.
No less a literary critic than Bob Dylan has said, “Tom Piazza's writing pulsates with nervous electrical tension—reveals the emotions that we can't define.” A well known writer on American music as well, Tom won a Grammy Award for his album notes to Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey and is a three-time winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Music Writing. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Bookforum, The Oxford American, Columbia Journalism Review, and many other periodicals. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he lives in New Orleans and is at work on a new novel.