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2018 Smith Symposium Fellow: Illiana Rocha

Iliana Rocha earned her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma and lives with her three chihuahuas Nilla, Beans, and Migo.

Live stream the Winter Symposium

The 2018 Winter Symposium will be live streamed on Saturday, but you should follow these directions on Wednesday from 11-2 p.m. CT to test the link.

2018 Smith Symposium Fellow: Soleil Ho

Soleil Ho is a food and pop culture writer and host of two podcasts: Racist Sandwich and BITCH Media’s Popaganda. Her work often engages the intersections between what we consume (often literally) and how we see ourselves and our world.

2018 Summer Documentary Film Internship

The Southern Foodways Alliance seeks applications for our second annual Summer Documentary Film Internship to encourage and nurture emerging documentary filmmakers. For two months this summer, two interns will work directly under the guidance and mentorship of SFA’s Pihakis Foodways Documentary Filmmaker, Ava Lowrey.

Talking with Gustavo Arellano

An Evening with Gustavo Arellano Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 6 p.m. Fulton Chapel, University of Mississippi The Southern Foodways Alliance and UM’s Department of Writing and Rhetoric will host Gustavo Arellano for a campus lecture at the University of Mississippi on February 21, 2018. The talk is free and open to the public. Gustavo Arellano is … Continued

Gravy Podcast: Swine Country

By the end of the twentieth century, hog farming had replaced tobacco as the backbone of eastern North Carolina’s economy. Today, the hog industry is a source of both contention and pride in the area. In rural Duplin County, the home of Smithfield Foods, hogs outnumber people 40 to 1.

SFA Film to screen at Oxford Film Festival

Ava Lowrey’s film, Johnny’s Greek and Three, has been selected for screening at the Oxford Film Festival. The film profiles chef Tim Hontzas and highlights how Greek-Southern families have shaped Birmingham dining.

Buy Winter Symposium tickets now

It’s time to purchase tickets to the Winter Symposium, scheduled February 24 in Birmingham. Join us to learn about Narratives that Transform.

Remembering Willora Craft Ephram, Ms. Peaches

Willora Craft Ephram, affectionately known as “Peaches,” owned and operated Peaches restaurant on Farish Street in Jackson, Mississippi. On Sunday, she passed away at the age of 94. SFA was privileged to share her story in an oral history project highlighting Jackson’s iconic restaurants.