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


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 ​lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, working in sales and marketing at Peters Projects and the Gerald Peters Gallery. She graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Mississippi. She also received her M.A. from the University of Mississippi in Southern Studies, focusing on southern photography. She has presented at various conferences and institutions, including the Southern Studies Conference at Auburn at Montgomery as well as the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. She has also received the Special Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters for her collaboration and performance in The Passions of Walter Anderson: A Dramatic Celebration of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Artist.

Contact: visualarts@mississippifolklife.org



Addie Citchens is a fiction writer from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Her work centers on themes of blackness, and the performance thereof, the blues, and personal liberation. She has been featured in The Oxford American, Callaloo, The New Engagement, Columbia Journal, and others.

contact: addiecitchens@gmail.com    


Maria Zeringue | Managing Editor

A native of Thibodaux, Louisiana, Maria Zeringue moved south from Bloomington, Indiana, to serve as MAC’s Folk and Traditional Arts Program Director. She has master’s degrees in French and Folklore from the University of Louisiana Lafayette and Indiana University, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree in French from University of Louisiana Lafayette. Maria previously served as research and curatorial assistant at Traditional Arts Indiana. She also served as an associate instructor of folklore at Indiana University. Maria has published articles in Journal of Folklore Research Reviews and Louisiana Folklore Miscellany.

Contact: mzeringue@arts.ms.gov