Hello. My name is Emily Hilliard and I'm a folklorist, writer, and media producer based 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, Ecotone, PBS Food, Smithsonian Folkways, The Hairpin, The Southern Foodways Alliance, and elsewhere. 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.
My interests as a writer and folklorist dwell in the realm of 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.