My writing ranges from essays for academic journals to articles for mainstream publications, interviews, and imaginative humorous stories for zines. My work has been published by NPR, Lucky Peach, Design*Sponge, Food52, Ecotone, American Food Roots, PBS Food, The Hairpin, The Southern Foodways Alliance's Gravy, Southern Cultures, and The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, among others. View my writing clips here.
While spanning a diverse range of topics, my main focus includes food-- specifically traditional and regional foodways, history, immigrant food narratives and women's work; traditional and experimental music; and personal and place-based creative non-fiction.
My writing and editorial experience is supported by my undergraduate degree in English (University of Michigan, 2005) and masters in folklore (University of North Carolina, 2011), as well as years teaching creative writing and literature with the University of Michigan New England Literature Program.
I am a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill trained folklorist (M.A. 2011) and am currently the state folklorist at the West Virginia Folklife Program, based at the West Virginia Humanities Council.
Read more about our work via the West Virginia Folklife Program blog and home page.
Previously, I worked at various cultural heritage institutions, including Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Sandy Spring Museum/Maryland Traditions, the National Council for Traditional Arts, the North Carolina Folklore Society, and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
I am a 2016 American Folklife Center Henry Reed Fund Award Recipient and a 2014-2015 Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives Fellow for my research on Magoffin County, Kentucky banjo player Nora E. Carpenter. Read more about my folklore work and research via my C.V.
Nothing in the House: A Pie Blog
In 2005, Emily Hilliard and Margaret Reges founded the pie blog Nothing in the House, written and maintained now by Emily. In addition to original and adapted recipes and photography, the accompanying writing uses pie as a lens to explore other topics including folklore and traditional culture, history, regionalism, music, and feminism.
Nothing in the House has been featured on Design*Sponge, Food + Wine, Food52, Gourmet, and the Washington Post Express, among others. It was a 2014 Kitchn Homie Award finalist for Best Baking Blog.