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About randyfertel

A writer based in New Orleans and New York, I head both the Fertel Foundation and the Ruth U. Fertel Foundation, the latter devoted to education in the New Orleans area. Among projects the foundations support: • The Edible Schoolyard New Orleans • Artist Corps New Orleans • The Southern Food Alliance’s Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award, paying homage to his mother, founder of Ruth’s Chris Steak House • Bistrot Ruth at John Folse Culinary Arts Building under construction at Nicholls State University. • The Ridenhour Awards, recognizing acts of courage and truth. My doctorate is from Harvard where I received a student-voted teaching award. I've taught English at Harvard, Tulane, LeMoyne College, and the New School for Social Research. I specialize in the literature of the Vietnam War and the literature of exile. A lover of fine wines, fine food, and great cars, I've long dined out on the stories that make up The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steaks: A New Orleans Family Memoir, the tale of two distinctive people — my parents — and their fascinating worlds and my efforts to survive them. Published by University Press of Mississippi, it is now in its third printing. A Taste for Chaos: The Hidden Order in the Art of Improvisation is forthcoming from Spring Books in Fall 2014.

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