In Uncategorized on April 16, 2016 at 3:07 am

Sarah Bryan, a writer and UNC-trained folklorist (MA, 2003), has worked in the field of folklife documentation for more than a decade. Specializing in the cultural heritage of the American South, she has conducted documentary work for a variety of organizations including NC Folk, the North Carolina Arts Council, South Carolina Arts Commission, and Levine Museum of the New South.

Sarah is the coauthor of the books Lead Kindly Light (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). Recent publications include an essay in the Southern Review (Winter 2015/2016), a photo essay in Ecotone (Issue 20, The Sound Issue), and a short story in the New Haven Review

Additionally, Sarah serves as Editor and Executive Director of the Old-Time Herald,  and Editor of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections [ARSC] Journal

Please click here for résumé and project history, and here for photo portfolio.




In Uncategorized on April 15, 2016 at 2:05 am

Please click here for writing samples, and here for a complete list of publications.
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Recent and upcoming publications:

“Neap Tide,” a short story, New Haven Review, Winter 2015/2016.

“Life and Death of the Father of Modern Miniature Golf,” Southern ReviewWinter 2015/2016

“Photographs of Music,” forthcoming, Ecotone Journal, Winter 2015/2016.

“Gift With the Clippers: Artistry and Ministry at Hartsville [SC]’s Barbershop Experience,” in South Carolina Welcomes Y’all, a forthcoming collection of essays on South Carolina folklife from University of South Carolina Press.

Lead Kindly Light: Pre-War Music and Photographs from the American South, by Sarah Bryan and Peter Honig. 2014, Dust-to-Digital

African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, by Sarah Bryan and Beverly Patterson with Michelle Lanier. 2013, University of North Carolina Press

Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time, and End-Time Music, 1923 – 1936, a three-CD set with introductory essays by Nathan Salsburg, Amanda Petrusich, Sarah Bryan, and John Jeremiah Sullivan. Tompkins Square, 2012.

Moon North Carolina, by Sarah Bryan. 2008 and 2010, Avalon Travel Publishing


In Uncategorized on April 15, 2016 at 2:04 am

Sarah’s research project Folklife of the Funeral Services Profession in the Carolinas has been supported with a 2016 Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.

In 2015 Sarah appeared in two episodes of the podcast Criminal: Episode 24, “Pearl Bryan” (on the folklore and songs about the 19th-century Kentucky murder of Pearl Bryan), and Episode 25, “The Portrait” (on the folklore and songs about the 1929 murder of the Lawson family in North Carolina).

Lead Kindly Light: Pre-War Music and Photographs from the American South (by Sarah Bryan and Peter Honig) was featured in the Vogue article “Picturing the American South: The Year’s Best Photo Books Reveal a Vast Portrait” (by Rebecca Bengal, December 20, 2015).


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