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The Poor Man Rice Pudding

As told to Erin Byers Murray by Serigne Mbaye I was born in New York, but when I was five, my parents sent me to a boarding school in Senegal, where I spent my childhood. My parents were going through a lot, and I was the young one, so it was easier to ship me … Continued

Come Together

By Caroline Cox My mom laughs her pitchy laugh at inside jokes with her sister. The Clemson game buzzes in the background. Grandma passes around small plastic cups of fragrant ambrosia. We drain several bottles of cold, crisp Frontera. Mom says she buys it because she prefers Spanish wine, but I’m pretty sure it’s because … Continued

My Father’s South

By Maria Godoy Humberto Godoy was born and raised in Guatemala City. He wasn’t dirt poor, but he was poor enough that he had to shine shoes to buy pencils for school. Those pencils wrote him a new destiny: In 1954, he won a scholarship to attend what was then called Jacksonville State College in … Continued

Look Again

Osayi Endolyn reflects on visiting the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture while a white supremacist holds a rally in her home of Gainesville, Florida.

2018 Summer Symposium: Lexington, KY

Lexington, Kentucky, is a food and literature citadel, an idealized college town where farmers and cooks and writers tell new stories about the South. Join SFA for a three-day Summer Symposium that explores this diverse city, at the heart of the Bluegrass region and on the cusp of Appalachia. Tickets are still available.

Verses By Iliana Rocha

Iliana Rocha was the 2017 Southern Foodways Symposium poet-in-residence.

Clay Risen & Fawn Weaver Talk Whiskey and Credit

Watch Clay Risen and Fawn Weaver discuss the story of Nearest Green, the black man who taught Jack Daniels to distill whiskey. This presentation, Whiskey and Credit, is from the 2018 Winter Symposium.

A Spoken Dish: Easter Crawfish

An Easter weekend crawfish boil? Yes, please. Watch Cleta Ellington describe her family’s annual Easter weekend tradition.