February 15, 2018
Planning for November’s trip with Nathalie Dupree to Italy is officially underway. I’m excited to organizing this special trip, and producing a film about our time there. Learn more here.

November 10, 2017
I’ve been invited to judge the 2018 IACP: The International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Writing Awards! With past winners like Francis Lam and Hunter Lewis, the awards set a benchmark of excellency, and it’s an honor to participate. I am super excited about the reading material coming my way.

August 10, 2017
I’m working on a (fully funded!) PhD now to see what happens when you apply the Southern Foodways Alliance model to Southern Africa. Follow along here:

July 10, 2017
As a follow up to my visits to the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Hemingway Society asked me to make a contribution to their annual newsletter. At 24 pages, it is much more than a newsletter, and is full of engaging interviews and inspiring ideas. My own thoughts came back to food.

March 28, 2016
This spring, I am helping the small team at Covey Rise magazine revitalize their social media footprint. Headquartered in Alexander City, Alabama, Covey Rise celebrates the lifestyle of the upland sporting enthusiast and the experience of the hunt through vivid photography and engaging writing. An appropriate capstone experience following my final internships, I will be shaking up the magazine’s Facebook and Twitter accounts as interim digital editor to return the (increased!) social footprint in house.

August 27, 2015
My Sewanee School of Letters MFA thesis, FULL, has been accepted for publication by LSU Press as part of their Southern Table Series. So glad to be working with LSU!

February 20, 2015
Food in Fiction was a hit as an SAMLA special session last year (we had to split into two panels, in fact!), so it’s been added to this year’s program as a regular session. Please consider a paper, or check out the call for papers and see if there’s another topic that interests you, and we’ll meet up in Durham! The theme for SAMLA 87 is “In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts,” and it’s always nice when papers are able to intersect with the theme. Culinary arts is a no-brainer here!

June 6, 2015
Garden & Gun is launching a new product called Garden & Gun Land, right up my alley. I’ve asked to stay on another semester as an intern, this time helping to launch the product and learn the business side of the consumer magazine. I also graduated from Sewanee last month. Busy times!

January 3, 2015

I begin an editorial internship at Garden & Gun this spring semester. Dream!

December 10, 2014
Yay! I’ve Just been awarded a $500 grant from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation to travel to Boston and see the latest batch of Hemingway papers to come in from Cuba earlier this year. The papers are all Hemingway’s personal ephemera like “Papa’s Favorite Hamburger” recipe, a fuel bill for his boat Pilar, a letter authorizing him to use Pilar to search for German U-boats, instructions for his household staff, lists and such. The grant is in support of research for my essay, “Leaving Cuba Behind.” The essay will be part of my Sewanee School of Letters thesis.

October 2, 2014
This fall, I am working with a small team at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies under the guidance of Andrew Park and Duncan Murrell to learn about digital publishing through a case study of The New New South. I am excited to be in a room full of smart people churning out great ideas!

September 28, 2014
I am delighted to have been awarded the inaugural Sewanee School of Letters Rivendell Writers Colony Residency. I’ll be spending time on the Mountain this January. Read more here. 

September 17, 2014
Charleston City Paper included Pieways in the new issue of Dirt, the Lowcountry’s local food guide, out today. Click here to read the article.

September 8, 2014
I’ve launched a Kickstarter for pro field equipment, and Post & Courier featured the campaign on their website along with two other Charleston-based Kickstarters. Click here to read the article by Andy Paras.

August 11, 2014
This fall, I am serving as a non-fiction reader for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses’ 2014 Firecracker Indie Book Awards. CLMP has joined forces with the American Booksellers Association and a team of publishing professionals to revive and revamp the Firecracker Awards, last given in 2002. The new set of awards will be devoted to celebrating independent literary publishers, and self published works of high literary merit. Click here to read more about the Firecracker Awards and submit your work. Submissions are blind.

August 6, 2014
I am thrilled to be included in the new South Writ Large, out today, especially since I love the works of so many of its contributors. My essay about key lime pie created great reasons to spend a season eating it. Read the essay here.

August 3, 2014
I will be working with the editorial staff of Oxford American magazine this fall for a three month internship fact-checking, managing social media, and so forth for the annual music issue. This year’s stop: TEXAS!

June 5, 2014
Last month, I was blessed to attend the inaugural Southern Foodways Alliance film boot camp and work with filmmakers Andy Harper and Joe York. I had a fantastic time, feasted like a queen, met Michael Pollen, and made my first short documentary about a place called Oxford Canteen. Watch it here!

May 1, 2014
May Day! Today is the day, Charleston! Join the launch of Community Supported Pie. It’s easy as … Well, you know. VISIT COMMUNITYSUPPORTEDPIE.COM.

April 29, 2014
Okra 2 Opera was a blast! Spartanburg made an impression. The last time I was there I must have been a child. Converse College has a beautiful campus practically downtown. I was honored to not only meet, but participate in discussions with Dr. Marci Cohen Ferris, and I stumbled upon what I can already tell was a very important introduction, that of meeting Ronni Lundy. She is a founding member of the SFA and her work is a missing piece of the puzzle to me, a woman of the foothills whose paternal grandmother was a sharecropper and maternal great-grandfather a land owner. Ronni argues that class has riven as deeply as race, especially among Southerners living in the upper reaches of the region. Read my wrap up of Okra 2 Opera for The Local Palate, the South’s premiere food culture magazine.

April 8, 2014
I’m pleased as punch my panel has been accepted for South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s annual conference. The panel will  only be successful if other people are interested in talking about “Food In Fiction” too, so please spread the call for papers far and wide! The conference will be held in Atlanta November 7-9, 2014. For all the fixins, click here and scroll to page 34 for my listing. Serendipitously, last week’s Tin House’s Flash Friday by Caitlin Corrigan includes a passage that struck me as befitting to the subject. Of course, what to do with it is up to you:

When she was better they went to a shrimp boil in the courtyard of someone’s cousin’s apartment complex. Folding tables buttressed by foam coolers. She stood with strangers and reached into the pile of things to eat. Damp newspaper, boil mix and garlic tingling her cuticles, a warm lemon wedged in her palm. Potatoes, half ears of corn, fat shrimp in thin skins. She wiped her cheeks with the back of her hand. It was dark back there. They ate without looking or talking. They sucked the heads dry. The pile of food got low and it was too dark to tell who said it first—Houston, we have a problem—they all said it, put the phrase on repeat, a murmur that never stopped being true, not even when the next pot was drained and they were called again.

March 26, 2014

On April 17th, I am presenting a paper about the history of key lime pie—with origins and end points both tied to the sea—at Okra 2 Opera: The Conference on Southern Culture. Some of the conference’s sessions are open to the public, so please let me know if there’s a chance you’re in the Spartanburg area and would like to attend!

February 14, 2014
Yes! Such befitting Valentine’s Day news! I learned this morning American College of the Building Arts, ACBA librarian Jenny France, and I have been awarded a 2014 Carnegie-Whitney Grant from the American Library Association! The ALA grant included allowance for me to travel to Wooden Boat headquarters in Maine, The Landing School, Mystic Seaport, Georgetown, and so forth to consult with the nation’s best traditional shipwrights in order to compile a Wooden Boat Reading List that we can update perpetually. Thanks to Edwin McAllister, PhD. for consulting on the proposal and to Mark Bayne for putting a copy of The Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction in my hands. The 2014 forecast is looking F-U-N! A sneak peek of the project underway. Blog updates will be available on the ACBA website beginning in June.

November 5, 2013
College of Charleston Magazine let me have fun writing this delusion-laden little piece for the fall issue, on stands this week. Read it here.

October 23, 2013
Thanks to one of my professors, Adrianne Harun, I learned about a new online literary magazine dedicated to flash fiction. I was hooked after reading Michael Griffith’s story. Consider this gem from the story: One has no choice but to love those who command the elements, and to propitiate them. Their marks are upon us; we have no choice. I love it when people talk like that.Fiction Southeast is housed at LSU. The editor, Chris Tusa, was gracious enough to invite me to join the staff as a feature writer. In my series Fiction Craft, I will write exploratory articles on—you guessed it—the craft of fiction. This is a great opportunity for me to continue the conversation of craft throughout the year as Sewanee is a summer program. Click here to read the series beginning in January 2014.

October 15, 2013
I think I’m more of a bragger than a “publicist,” but I’m nonetheless happy my photo from the first Sunday Brunch Farmers Market of the season and news of my friend Tina’s bakery made it onto Hanna Raskin’s food blog over at Post & Courier. Thanks Hanna, for writing about us!

September 20, 2013
If you plan to be in the Auburn area Oct. 18-19th, come check out the Auburn Writers Conference with me. I’m delighted they chose my essay “I’m Bringing Funny Back” for a reading!

August 30, 2013
This fall I begin a new role as assistant at Crazyhorse literary magazine. I remember my last year as an undergraduate at College of Charleston, when the magazine found a sustainable home on our campus. My creative writing teachers enthusiastically welcomed the task of breathing new life into a magazine that published John Updike, Charles Simic, and Billy Collins. In fact, I remember Collins reading at the College. When I started the M.F.A. program at Sewanee and revisited all these influences—Raymond Carver, James Wright—I realized I’d missed Collins’ visit to the Domain by just a season. You can read the history of Crazyhorse here, which offers some insight into why I am honored to help at the magazine in any capacity. My role will not be editorial. I will be compiling mailing list and perhaps tweeting. It should be good fun!

August 29, 2013
The Local Palate let me reflect on a summer at Sewanee’s favorite watering hole, Blue Chair Tavern. Read about the season in beer here.

August 3, 2013
I recently had the opportunity to talk to Jaime Tenny of COAST Brewing Company of Charleston, South Carolina, to celebrate this year’s Southern Foodways Alliance theme “Women, Work, and Food” in light of Tenny’s efforts to pass three new state legislation changes over the past several years. It proved a popular topic! Click here to read the post.

June 3, 2013
I was recently very fortunate to get to spend a week in Oxford, Mississippi for the Southern Foodways Alliance Oral History Workshop. It was a sort of amazing time. Click here to the project we put together to represent the week.

March 27, 2013
I am delighted to announce “I’m Bringing Funny Back” will appear in the Spring 2013 issue of Saint Ann’s Review. Click here to subscribe or order your copy.