Mississippi Folklife is anchored by three core subject areas: Music, Custom, and Visual Arts. Learn more about our Editors below.



Jamey Hatley is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, though all of her people are from the North Mississippi Hill Country. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Oxford American magazine, Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, Callaloo, Memphis NoirYear's Best YA Speculative Fiction 2014, and elsewhere. Jamey received an MA in journalism from the University of Memphis, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. She is the recipient of a 2016 Fellowship in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award to work on her first novel, The Dream-Singers.

Contact: music@mississippifolklife.org


AMY C. EVANS | Custom

Amy C. Evans is an artist, writer, teacher, and independent documentarian from Houston, Texas. She built the documentary program at the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA), headquartered at the University of Mississippi, where she served as their lead oral historian for more than ten years and taught an annual documentary workshop. The Mississippi Historical Society has twice recognized Amy’s work, and Food & Wine magazine named her one of the “most fearsome talents” in the culinary world. Her writing has appeared in SaveurThe Bitter Southerner, and Cornbread Nation 5: The Best of Southern Food Writing. Her paintings have appeared in Southern LivingSouthern Cultures, and on CNN’s Eatocracy and The Oxford American blog. Amy holds an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.   www.amycevans.com | @artandpie

Contact: custom@mississippifolklife.org



Amanda Malloy recently completed her M.A. in Southern Studies at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, studying visual arts of the South, and documentary filmmaking. She is currently working as the Assistant to the Curator of Rowan Oak, the house museum of William Faulkner. Before that, Amanda worked as a graduate research intern with the Folk and Traditional Arts program at the Mississippi Arts Commission where she documented visual artists on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in the Piney Woods region, as well as a graduate assistant with the University of Mississippi Museum and the Southern Documentary Project. She also received her B.A. from the University of Mississippi, with a focus on Classical Studies and Art History.

Contact: visualarts@mississippifolklife.org



Tamara Becerra Valdez is an artist, collaborator and educator from south Texas. Through her use of repetition and excavation in archival materials, Valdez explores ways in which we preserve memory and recover personal histories. She documents themes surrounding Tejano history, identity, and tradition. Valdez has worked alongside staff in museum collections and special initiatives at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Harry Ransom Center and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. She is an MFA candidate in the Moving Image at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

contact: digitaleditor@mississippifolklife.org


Maria Zeringue | Managing Editor