Sarah Bryan, Executive Director
A native of both Carolinas, Sarah Bryan is a University of North Carolina-trained folklorist (MA Folklore, 2003) who specializes in documenting the cultural heritage of the American South. She edits the Old-Time Herald, a quarterly magazine about traditional string band music, and her essays and fiction have appeared in publications that include the Oxford American, Southern Review, and Boulevard, Sarah is the co-author of Lead Kindly Light: Pre-War Music and Photographs from the American South (with Peter Honig, Dust-to-Digital, 2014) and African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina (with Beverly Patterson and Michelle Lanier, UNC Press, 2014). In addition to her work for NCFI, She is collaborating with potter and historian Hal Pugh on a history of Southern folk pottery, scheduled to be released by UNC Press in the Fall of 2024. Sarah lives in Durham with her family and cats.