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 nearly two decades. 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. She serves as Executive Director of the North Carolina Folklife Institute.

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


Current and recent projects:

Sarah’s research project Folklife of the Funeral Services Profession in the Carolinas received a 2016 Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, which made possible interviews with more than a dozen morticians and funeral directors in North Carolina.

In an ongoing collaboration with filmmaker Will Bryan, Sarah is co-producing a documentary about Southerners’ experiences of the supernatural.

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





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