TomPiazza is the author, most recently, of the novel City Of Refuge and the book-length post-Katrina essay Why New Orleans Matters. His other books include the novel My Cold War, which won the Faulkner Society Award for the Novel, and the short-story collection Blues and Trouble, which won the James Michener Award for Fiction. A well known writer on American music as well, he won a 2004 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 Book Review, Bookforum, The Atlantic, The Oxford American, The New Republic, and many other periodicals. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he makes his home in New Orleans.