Louis is an award-winning reporter, which includes staff writing gigs at the Washington Post and Denver Post. He briefly ran Cruzando Fronteras Film Festival in Washington, D.C., and consulted the Smithsonian Institution on Latino programming. Since 2004 he has helped to report the epic nature of his native city for The Detroit News. In 2009, he wrote Long Live the Dead: The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato, a book about a Mexcian city’s complex relationship with 112 of its mummified citizens. In 2010, he was awarded a Kresge Fellowship for the Literary Arts. At Mesa Refuge, he worked on his nonfiction book about the time spent by Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Depression-era Detroit.