My writing has been published by NPR, Lucky Peach, Ecotone, The Bitter Southerner, Southern Cultures, The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, West Virginia University Press, and The Southern Foodways Alliance's James Beard Award-Winning Gravy among others.
My main focus includes folklife and cultural heritage; food-- specifically traditional and regional foodways, food history, immigrant food narratives, and women's work; traditional and experimental music; feminism and domestic space; and personal and place-based creative non-fiction.
My writing and editorial experience is supported by my undergraduate degree in English and French (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.
I have over ten years of experience working with 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 2018 recipient of the Gerald E. and Corrine L. Parsons Fund Award and a 2016 recipient of the Henry Reed Fund Award Recipient, both from the American Folklife Center from the Library of Congress. I was 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.
Recipe Testing & Development
From 2005-2016, I published the pie blog Nothing in the House. In addition to original and adapted recipes and photography, the accompanying writing used 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.