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 appeared on NPR, Design*Sponge, Southern Cultures, Lucky Peach, Ecotone, The Bitter Southerner, 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.
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.
Since 2005, Hilliard has written and produced the pie blog Nothing in the House, a finalist in The Kitchn's 2014 Best Baking & Sweets Blog Homie Awards.
Her research and writing interests include traditional foodways and music, women's domestic creativity, and the intersection between traditional and experimental art and music, or "the rural avant garde".
She also plays old-time fiddle and guitar.
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