Hello. My name is Emily Hilliard and I'm a writer, folklorist, and media producer currently residing in Washington, D.C. I have an M.A. in folklore from the University of North Carolina and a B.A. in English and French from the University of Michigan.
My writing and media work has appeared on NPR, Design*Sponge, American Food Roots, PBS Food, Smithsonian Folkways, The Hairpin, The Runcible Spoon, and The Southern Foodways Alliance. I am a contributor to the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Sweets, edited by Darra Goldstein, as well as The Food and Folklore Reader, edited by Lucy Long and Yvonne R. Lockwood. I write the pie blog Nothing in the House, which was a finalist in The Kitchn's 2014 Best Baking & Sweets Blog Homie Awards.
I teach at the University of Michigan's New England Literature Program, an intensive place-based literature and creative writing semester in the woods of New Hampshire.
My interests as a writer and folklorist dwell in the realm of historical and traditional foodways and music, as well as women's domestic creativity and the intersection between traditional and experimental art and music, or as I sometimes call it "the rural avant garde". I am always open to new stories and projects within that realm and outside of it.
I have been a DJ on college and community radio stations and produce audio pieces for work and leisure. I also play old-time fiddle and guitar.
I would love to hear from you.