Emily Hilliard

EDUCATION    

Masters of Arts in Folklore, August 2011

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Areas of focus: American vernacular music, foodways, women's creative domesticity, ethnography, audio documentary

Thesis: “Vimala Cooks, Everybody Eats: Domesticity, Community, and Empowerment”

Archie Green Fellowship & Merit Fellowship Award Recipient

 

Bachelor of Arts in English and French, May 2005

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Graduated with Distinction, James B. Angell Scholar

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

State Folklorist / West Virginia Humanities Council                                                                                                                              

November 2015-present, Charleston, WV

Founder and director of the West Virginia Folklife Program, dedicated to the documentation, preservation, presentation and support of the state’s cultural heritage and living traditions

 

Freelance Writer                                                                                                                        

November 2011-present

Writer and media producer for publications including NPR, Ecotone, The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, Southern Cultures, Lucky Peach, and the Southern Foodways Alliance’s James Beard Award-winning Gravy; Co-founder and writer, Nothing in the House: A Pie Blog

 

Marketing Coordinator / Smithsonian Folkways Recordings                                                                                                                                                                                            July 2012-October 2015, Washington, D.C.      

Managed multimedia communications and social media for non-profit record label of the Smithsonian Institution;

Album co-producer, Ella Jenkins More Multicultural Songs and Tribute to Jack Hardy

 

Folklorist & Project Manager  / Sandy Spring Museum/Maryland Traditions              

November 2013-June 2014,  Sandy Spring, MD

Conducted, created, and presented fieldwork survey and report of Sandy Spring traditional artists and tradition bearers, launching the Museum’s folklife programming

 

Lecturer  / University of Michigans New England Literature Program                                                                                                                                               

February 2008-July 2014, Alton Bay, NH                  

Taught place-based American literature, creative writing, history, and folklife undergraduate courses for intensive spring semester program; Researched, developed, and implemented class curriculum and program administration

              

Director & Editor / Longhouse Scholars Program                                                                                                                          

May 2013-January 2014,  Rensselaerville, NY    

 Oversaw all operations, planning, and execution of food media education program, supervising and editing student writing and multi-media documentaries; Edited The LongHouse Chronicle, a 45-page print publication

 

Program Coordinator  / National Council for the Traditional Arts                                                                                                                          

June 2011-August 2012,  Silver Spring, MD

Curated and moderated demonstrations, performances, and panels at national and regional folk festivals; Coordinated multimedia communications and social media for festivals and National Endowmen for the Arts' National Heritage Awards Fellowships

 

INTERNSHIPS

American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, 2009

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2008

 

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress Henry Reed Fund Award recipient, 2016

National Endowment for the Humanities panelist, 2016

Appalshop Performing our Future Forum fellow, 2016

Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Travel Grant recipient, 2015

Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives fellow, 2014

The Kitchn Best Sweets & Baking Blog Finalist, 2014

WOMM, WXYC & Radio CPR,  radio host, 2009-2013

Southern Foodways Alliance Greenhouse Film Grant recipient, 2013

Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Awards & Project Grant Board panelist, 2012

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill Concentration in Folklore Speaker Series organizer, 2010-2011

North Carolina Folklore Society student board representative, 2010

University of North Carolina Archie Green Fellowship, 2010

University of North Carolina Graduate School Merit Fellowship Award recipient, 2009

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Guest Lecturer, Senior English Seminar, Fairmont State University, April 2016

Guest Lecturer, Folklore Graduate Seminar, West Virginia University, March 2016

“Writing from Family Recipes,” Food writing workshop leader at Hindman Settlement School, 2015

“Uncovering Lead Belly: Considering Huddie Ledbetter’s Previously Unreleased Recordings,” panel moderator and presenter, Association for Recorded Sound Collections Annual Conference, 2015

 Kitchen Culture: Subversive Domesticity panel moderator, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 2014

Guest Lecturer, American Studies Foodways Seminar, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, March 2013

 Instrument Maker Panel moderator, Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival, 2012

"Vimala Cooks, Everybody Eats: Domesticity, Community, and Empowerment." North Carolina Folklore Society Annual Meeting, 2011 & the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, 2010.

 

SELECTED PUBLISHED WORK (Additional writing clips here)

“Written and Composed by Nora E. Carpenter: Song Lyric Scrapbooks, Home Recordings, and Self-Documentation,” in Southern Cultures: Documentary Arts Issue, Spring 2016.

Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo entries in Ethnic American Food Today: A Cultural Encyclopedia (2015), edited by Lucy M. Long. Roman and Littlefield, pp. 24-27, 157-159, 533.

“The Anthropology of Pie.” Sift Magazine, Fall 2015.

Cotton Candy, Nutella, and Oreos entries in James Beard Award finalist The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets (2015), edited by Darra Goldstein. Oxford University Press, pp. 190-191, 487-488, 493-493.

“Swiss Village + West Virginia +Mardi Gras = Fasnacht,” NPR The Salt, February 17, 2015. http://goo.gl/nv8TJm

“Heavenly Work: The Fleeting Legacy of the Shakers,” Ecotone Fall/Winter 2014. http://goo.gl/pNHMRw

“Something Good from Helvetia,” Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy, April 11, 2014.

“The Wharf.” Emily Hilliard and Ashley Melzer. Southern Foodways Alliance Greenhouse Grant Recipient. Short film. 2013.

“The Billy and Bobby Show,” In Recycled. Aired on KGNU Boulder, KZYX Mendocino, KXOT Tacoma, WNIJ Northern Illinois, WMBR Cambridge. Audio Documentary

 

SKILLS

Archival processing & research, Audio and video production, Blogging, Collaborative ethnography, Curation, Editing, Event planning & coordination, Fieldwork, Grant writing, Management, Marketing & communications, Oral history, Photography, Public speaking, Radio hosting & production, Recipe development & testing, Social media, Teaching & curriculum development, Transcription, Writing

 

LANGUAGES

English, French

 

REFERENCES

Available upon request

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