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


Tamara Becerra Valdez | Digital Editor

Tamara Becerra Valdez earned her BFA in Studio Art and Anthropology at the University of Texas in Austin (2008) and MFA in Moving Image at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2019). She has participated as an artist and researcher in several national and international multi-disciplinary projects focused on ecology, place, and heritage, including Political Ecology: Platform Chicago and the Anthropocene Campus at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin.

Contact: becerravaldez@gmail.com 


Emily Buhrow Rogers | Custom

Emily Buhrow Rogers earned her PhD in sociocultural anthropology at Indiana University. Her dissertation explores the traditional arts of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Her research focuses on traditional arts meaning and production, particularly along the lines of material gathering, knowledge transmission, and individual artists’ creativity and innovation in the works of artists in the MS Band of Choctaw Indians community. She also has a master’s degree in folklore from Indiana University. While at Indiana University, she served as the editorial assistant for the online, peer-reviewed, and open-access journal, Museum Anthropology Review.

Contact: msfolklifeeditor@gmail.com


Amanda Malloy | Visual Arts

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: amanda.katherine.malloy@gmail.com 


Addie Citchens | Music

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