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Danille Elise Christensen earned a PhD in Folklore and American Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington; her research centers on the ways that hierarchies of value (and values) are communicated in everyday talk, action, and artistry. She teaches writing and cultural analysis at The Ohio State University, where she is affiliated with the Center for Folklore Studies and is completing Freedom from Want: Home Canning in the American Imagination, a book about the changing meanings of that practice in the United States during the twentieth century.

Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt is the incoming John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies in American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author most recently of A Mess of Greens: Southern Gender and Southern Food (2011) and the co-editor with John T. Edge and Ted Ownby of The Larder: Food Studies Methods from the American South (2013), both from University of Georgia Press.

Amy C. Evans is an artist and independent documentarian based in Houston, Texas, and served as the oral historian for the Southern Foodways Alliance for twelve years. Whether picking up an old lard can at an antique mall and wondering about the life of its previous owner or interviewing a soul food cook about his signature sweet potato pie, Amy is constantly curious about the lives of others. She also happens to appreciate a good meringue and can never eat too many oysters. You can see more of her work at

Marcie Cohen Ferris is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she directs the Southern Studies concentration. Her research and teaching interests include the history of the Jewish South and the foodways and material culture of the American South. Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South (UNC Press, 2005) was nominated for a 2006 James Beard Foundation Award. She is co-editor of Jewish Roots in Southern Soil: A New History (University Press of New England, 2006). Ferris’s current book, The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region (UNC Press, 2014), examines the visceral connection between southern food and the politics of power.

Marianne Gingher has published seven books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in many periodicals, including the Southern Review, Oxford American, North American Review, Washington Post Magazine, Veranda, Our State, and the New York Times. She is a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served as Director of the Creative Writing Program from 1997–2002.

Anna Hamilton is a recent graduate of the Southern Studies Master’s program at the University of Mississippi, where she concentrated in foodways and documentary studies. Her thesis about Datil peppers won the 2014 Ann Abadie Award for Documentary Media.

Bernard L. Herman is the George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His books include Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper (2011), Town House: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City, 1780–1830 (2005), and The Stolen House (1992). He has published essays, lectured, and offered courses on visual and material culture, architectural history, self-taught and vernacular art, foodways, culture-based economic development, and seventeenth and eighteenth-century material life.

Malinda Maynor Lowery is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She is an Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the Southern Oral History Program. She is also a documentary filmmaker and producer, most recently co-producing the award-winning Private Violence and the PBS television series A Chef’s Life.

Michael McFee teaches poetry writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published ten collections of poetry (most recently That Was Oasis), a collection of essays (The Napkin Manuscripts), and three anthologies, including The Language They Speak Is Things to Eat: Poems by Fifteen Contemporary North Carolina Poets.

Tom Rankin has been documenting and interpreting American culture for twenty years as photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist. His books...


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