2006 - Present: Philip E. (Ted) Coyle
Philip E. (Ted) Coyle is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Western Carolina University and author of the book Náyari History, Politics and Violence: From Flowers to Ash. Dr. Coyle's areas of research includes study of the relationship between local people and National Park Service units like the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
2004 - 2006: Carmine Prioli
Carmine Prioli is Professor in the Department of English at North Carolina State University and author of the book Hope for a Good Season: The Ca'e Bankers of Harkers Island. Dr. Prioli's areas of study include North Carolina coastal folklife.
1998 - 2003: Karen Baldwin
Karen Baldwin is Director of the East Carolina University Folklore Archive. Dr. Baldwin's areas of study include family folklore, folklife of special groups, women's cultures, folk medicine, foodways and festival, traditional poetry, situating personal identity in group-based cultural forms, folklore, and education.
1978 - 1997: Thomas McGowan
Thomas McGowan is a Professor of English at Appalachian State University and Speaker, Humanities Forum, N.C. Humanities Council. Dr. McGowan has long studied oral narrative, North Carolina namelore, Watauga County folk arts.
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1977: Rogers Whitener and Thomas McGowan
Rogers Whitener is a retired Professor from Appalachian State University and syndicated columnist. Dr. Whitener is also the author of Thrice Told Tales.
1973 - 1976: Leonidas Betts
Leonidas Betts (1937 - 2003) was a pottery collector and scholar as well as an Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University.
1971 - 1972: Guy Owen and Leonidas Betts
Guy Owen (1935 - 81) was a novelist, poet, editor, critic, and Professor of English at North Carolina State University. Dr. Owen founded Impetus which would later become Southern Poetry Review which grants an award yearly in his honor. His novels include Season of Fear, Ballad of the Flim-Flam Man, and Journey for Joedel which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
1966 - 1970: Richard Walser and Guy Owen
Richard Walser (1908 - 88) was a Professor emeritus of English at North Carolina State University and winner of the North Carolina Award for Literature in 1976. Dr. Walser published more than 30 books and pamphlets including Literary North Carolina.
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1965: Daniel W. Patterson
Daniel W. Patterson is the Kenan Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Patterson has authored numerous articles and the book The Shaker Spiritual that, according to Theodore E. Johnson, Director, Shaker Library and Museum, is "The finest piece of scholarship in the field of Shaker studies written in this [the 20th] century."
1954 - 1964: Arthur Palmer Hudson
Arthur Palmer Hudson (1892 - 1978) was a Professor of English from 1930-1953 and Executive Secretary of the Curriculum in Folklore from 1950-1963 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Hudson was the editor of "The Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore" and author of "The Impact of Folklore on American Poetry." Dr. Hudson was also a Fellow of the American Folklore Society.
1948: Hoyle S. Bruton
An early Secretary-Treasurer of the The Folklore Council of the University of North Carolina, Dr. Bruton planted the seed of what was to become the North Carolina Folklore Journal. Though his editorship lasted only one issue, his vision to preserve North Carolina's folklore through the publication of a journal has been realized.
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