January 16, 2017

Meet the Authors

RondaBirtha150x150Ronda Birtha
Freelance writer, photographer, and videographer, Ronda, resides in far, far western North Carolina. She has been an instructor for the Community Folklife Documentation Institute/NC Folklife Institute; and as Project Consultant for the Mountain Work: A Social Commentary documentary, partially funded by a grant from the NC Humanities Council. Samples of her photography and videography can be seen at www.rondabirtha.com.


davidcecelski150x150David Cecelski
For its first five years, historian David has been NC Food’s primary blogger. Topics for his posts have ranged across the state and across cultures. David has written about liver mush in Kernersville, pickled hot sausages in Comfort, and churros rellanos at Durham’s Green Flea Market. He’s introduced readers to restaurants, markets, and interesting food customs from Murphy to Manteo.


JeffCurrie150x150Jefferson Currie II
Folklorist, Jeff, is currently working with the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson, NC. Virtually all of his family is from southeastern North Carolina. His mama is Lumbee and her family hail from Robeson and Scotland counties.




francesdowell150x150Frances O’Roark Dowell
Frances is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author children’s literature including Dovey Coe, which won the Edgar Award.  She lives with her husband and two sons in Durham, North Carolina.




fieselman150x150Laura Fieselman
Laura is a graduate student in the Folklore program at UNC-Chapel Hill and co-founder of Raleigh City Farm. She likes exploring the forests and rivers of North Carolina and delights in all things edible. Strawberries and fried okra top the list of her favorite foods.



Malinda-FillingimMalinda Dunlap Fillingam
Malinda had the good fortune to move to her step-father’s hometown, Walnut Cove, NC when she was in eighth grade. Curious by nature, Malinda asked Mama Dunlap so many questions about her cooking that she finally gave up some of the old recipes she carried in her head. Malinda is an ESL teacher at Cape Fear Community College and lives in Leland with her husband.


chrisFowler150x150Chris Fowler
Chris, a photographer, folklorist, and curator based in Hillsborough, NC, was awarded a 2011 Lewis Hine Documentary Fellowship from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Chris specializes in portraiture, documentary, editorial, and food-related projects. He is currently available for travel.



ElijahG3Elijah Gaddis
A folklorist and graduate student in American Studies at the University of North Carolina, Elijah lives in Greensboro, NC.





EvanHatch2Evan Hatch
Evan is a folklorist currently working  with the North Carolina Folklife Institute in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson & Scotland counties.  Since 2002, he worked in Middle Tennessee documenting traditional musical and material culture. He was producer at Spring Fed Records and served as President of the Tennessee Folklore Society.



Bernard L. Herman

Bernie is the George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore Chair, Department of American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. Don’t miss his blog Meditations on the worlds of things.




matt150x150Matt Lardie
Freelance food writer, Matt, lives in Durham, NC. Originally from New England, Matt discovered a passion for food when he moved to North Carolina and has since dedicated most of his time and a large portion of his appetite to discovering and writing about the varied food traditions of the Southeast. In addition to his writing Matt has also worked as a cheesemaker and a pastry assistant. When he is not thinking about, writing about, reading about, cooking, or eating food he can found at home in Durham with his husband, dog, and too many birds to count. Matt writes at www.greeneatsblog.com as well as for various website and publications throughout North Carolina.

RayLinville150x150Ray Linville
Ray began writing for the N.C. Food blog in 2013. He grew up in Winston-Salem and majored in journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill.  He has taught in the N.C. Community College System as a professor of English and humanities and served on the board of the N.C. Folklore Society.  A certified barbeque judge (at contests sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society), he has been a judge at events in the South and Midwest. He enjoys exploring all areas of North Carolina and observing the connection of food to culture, including cultural traditions, community folklore and festivals, and food access and security. He writes and lectures on regional culture, including foodways, and he also includes food topics in his blog Sights, Sounds and Tastes of the American South.


Deborah150x150Deborah Miller
Program Administrator at NC Folk, native Tar Heel and lifelong foodie and music lover, Deborah Miller lives, eats, and breathes North Carolina culture.  She serves on the Triangle Blues Society board as Communications Chair and is a free-lance publicist. Follow her escapades on simmer2sizzle.com.



Sally ParlierSally Parlier
A native of Deep Gap, NC. She is the great-granddaughter of Willard and Ora Watson, traditional artists from Watauga County, who were recognized with a 1994 North Carolina Heritage Award. She lives in Raleigh, works in Durham, and spends her weekends trying to see the mountains as often as she can.



ElenaHoerrElena Rosemond-Hoerr
Southern food writer, photographer and lover of pie, Elena is from Durham, NC. Her blog, Biscuits and Such, explores tradtional and contemporary Southern food culture, with an emphasis on scratch cooking and baking and whole foods. Elena lives in Wilmington, NC with her husband and dog.


Joy SalyersJoy Salyers
A folklorist living in the woods by the Eno River in Hillsborough with her two young children and assorted animals, Joy would love to cook more, but her kids won’t eat spicy. She loves (in alphabetical order) Appalachia, astrology, the Enneagram, folklore, God, incessant singing, killing and cooking her own roosters, nature, and writing. She spends a lot of time thinking about race and privilege, and wondering what the big deal is about boys liking pink.

ElizabethWiegand150x150Elizabeth Weigand
A food writer, living in Raleigh, Elizabeth’s articles about food, travel and design have appeared in national and regional magazines and newspapers for two decades. She grew up on a tobacco farm in NC, and is married with three good-cooking daughters, two dogs and too many squirrels. Other than food, she loves sailing on the coast of NC and the Caribbean, scuba diving, hiking, and especially travel to France, Central America, and wherever she can go. Elizabeth’s blog Carolina Foodie is all about food with attitude, slow and Southern. Visit farmers markets & festivals, catch fresh seafood, chat with chefs, farmers and producers from all over NC/SC/VA. What to do with local, seasonal foods? Try Carolina Foodie’s recipes.