Emily Hilliard. Photo by Justin T. Gellerson

Emily Hilliard

Folklorist, Writer, Media Producer

Emily Hilliard is the West Virginia state folklorist and founder of the West Virginia Folklife Program based at the West Virginia Humanities Council.  She holds an M.A. in folklore from the University of North Carolina, and a B.A. in English and French from the University of Michigan.

Her writing and media work has been published by NPR, Southern Cultures, Lucky PeachEcotone, The Bitter Southerner, WVU Press, The Southern Foodways Alliance's James Beard award-winning quarterly Gravy, and the James Beard award-nominated Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, among others. From 2005-2016, Hilliard wrote and published the pie blog Nothing in the House, a finalist in The Kitchn's 2014 Best Baking & Sweets Blog Homie Awards.

Hilliard has been a faculty member of the University of Michigan's New England Literature Program, and currently teaches in Marshall University's Graduate Humanities Program.

For the past 10 years she has worked with cultural heritage organizations including Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the American Folklife Center, the North Carolina Folklore Society, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, and Sandy Spring Museum/Maryland Traditions. 

Her research and writing interests include traditional foodways and music, women's domestic creativity, and the intersections between traditional, experimental, and radical culture. 

She also plays fiddle and guitar.

Get in touch | emilyhilliard@gmail.com