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Subjects: Interviews


We’re Fighting For Our Future

Toward a Visionary Folklore

by Emily Hilliard

Consider the evolution of cultural forms and our present role—whether active or passive—in shaping the folklore of the future. Folklorist Henry Glassie elaborates on his conception of tradition as “the creation of the future out of the past,” as, “A continuous process situated in the nothingness of the present, linking the vanished with the unknown, »


A Place to Sigh

Dawn Williams Boyd in conversation with Margaret T. McGehee

by Dawn Williams Boyd, Margaret T. McGehee

A few years ago, my mother suggested we go see an exhibition of cloth paintings at the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts at Wofford College, the small liberal arts college in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where my late father had worked from the early 1980s to 2007. The exhibition was entitled Scraps from My »


Speech Melody

An Interview with Sorrel Hays

by Julia Brock, Jennifer Sutton

In the mid-1970s, Sorrell Hays, a composer of electronic music, took her synthesizers, sound equipment, and contact mics to Dougherty County, Georgia. She was there to introduce children in newly desegregated classrooms to experimental forms of music-making. For Hays (1941–2020), it was a return to the South after almost two decades away and a confrontation »


Listen, Consider, Evolve

by Elijah Heyward III, Allan Jones

We are all makers, constantly using tangible and intangible tools to craft our reality. There is an intentionality around the life that Allan Jones has crafted for himself. The photographer, design enthusiast, and recreational beekeeper has an intimate relationship to his environment and activates the power of creativity to advance matters of justice. His work »


Art & Alchemy

North Carolina Repair Professionals

by Katy Clune, Julia Gartrell

Drive through any town, anywhere, and among the essential food stores and gas stations there are repair shops. “There will always be a need for somebody to repair broken stuff,” said ceramics restorer Lenore Guston. “Because we’re humans, we’re breaking stuff all the time.” Over the last year and a half, with the support of »


An Edible North Carolina History

Excerpt from Edible North Carolina

by Marcie Cohen Ferris

In January of 2019, I began a “listening tour” across North Carolina as editor of Edible North Carolina, work that started in my food studies teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The vision for this book was to create a portrait of North Carolina’s vibrant contemporary food landscape. I chose twenty »


In Place to Make Change

NC2020 and the Commemoration of Women’s Suffrage

by Jennifer Standish, Calissa Vicenta Andersen, Siani Antoine, Flannery Fitch, Kyende Kinoti

“I don’t think this is political, I think this is fact—we need to highlight that the struggle isn’t over.” From spring 2019 to spring 2020, the Southern Oral History Program undergraduate internship focused its study on the history of women’s suffrage in the United States. In anticipation of the Nineteenth Amendment’s centennial, interns interviewed members »


How to Become a Woman

by Gregory Samantha Rosenthal

“Womanhood—how people experience being women—is an expansive historical category that includes more than just women.” Greta lingered just outside the downward-slanting entrance of the old warehouse on the edge of downtown Roanoke. A few decades earlier, this building was home to a restaurant equipment supply company, but by 1976 deindustrialization and suburbanization had taken hold »


Book Tour: Any Other Place

by Michael Croley, Belle Boggs

Welcome to our virtual book tour. Since so many literary events have been canceled or postponed during the pandemic, we’re bringing authors directly to you. We hope you’ll get to know a writer or book to add to your reading list. We also encourage you to support your local bookshop. Michael Croley’s collection Any Other »


COVID-19 and the Outbreak Narrative

by Priscilla Wald, Kym Weed

The more each of us can imagine what it would feel like to live in others’ lives, the better, I think. And the more inclusively we can all think, the more we can collectively begin to work for a world that is more just, more equitable, and in every sense healthier for all. If this »


Book Tour: The Prettiest Star

by Carter Sickels, Wiley Cash

Welcome to our virtual book tour. Since so many literary events have been canceled or postponed during the pandemic, we’re bringing authors with new books directly to you. We hope you’ll get to know an author or book to add to your reading list. We also encourage you to support your local bookshop. Set in »


Finding New Orleans in Zululand

by Jennifer Atkins, Millicent Johnnie

“I love when I hear the sound of resistance, how the drum informs how people navigate space. The body reveals what’s happening in society.” Home. That was what I felt when I first met Millicent Johnnie almost twenty years ago. We laughed too loudly to care, talked about food, and shared memories from our Louisiana »