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
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.