Selected Publications and Awards:


Maine: folk art, folktales, traditional poetry, and logging culture in the western mountains

2000. "Exuberance in Control: The Dialogue of Ideas in the Tales and Fan Towers of Woodsman William Richard of Phillips, Maine." In Northeast Folklore: Essays in Honor of Edward D. Ives, ed. Pauleena MacDougall and David Taylor, 265-295. Orono: University of Maine Press.[Article in PDF]

2000. "‘Just call me Sandy, son': Poet Jeep Wilcox's tribute to Sandy Ives." In Northeast Folklore: Essays in Honor of Edward D. Ives, ed. Pauleena MacDougall and David Taylor. Orono: University of Maine Press.

1999. " ‘If we don't joke with each other, we won't have no fun, will we?' Storytelling in the Richard Family of Rangeley, Maine." In Traditional Storytelling Today, ed. Margaret Read MacDonald. [Article in PDF]

1999. Editor, major author.Working the Woods. With Kathleen Mundell and Peggy McKenna. Augusta: Maine Arts Commission. 48 pp. 11 photographs. Co-curator with Kathleen Mundell of travelling exhibit "Working the Woods." One of four featured photographers. Opened 30 July, Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum. Catalogue, exhibit, photographs

1998. Co-editor with Kathleen Mundell. Author of introduction, bibliography. Author of main section, with Vicki Rackliffe and others. Rangeley Lakes Region Cultural Inventory. Augusta: Maine Arts Commission. 32 pp. Booklet and photographs

1994. Producer, Editor, and Author. Logging in the Maine Woods: The Paintings of Alden Grant. With Stephen Richard, assistant editor. Rangeley, ME: Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum. (Pp. viii+72).

1993. " ‘Awful Real': Dolls and Development in Rangeley, Maine." In Feminist Messages: Coding in Women's Culture, ed. Joan Radner, 126-154. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. [Article in PDF]

Book in progress. Generations in Wood: Traditional Arts in the Life of a Maine Logging Family. Discussion of the relationships between narrative and material culture as well as an exploration of the influences of family, gender, work, community, and place on the traditional arts of the Richard family, a three-generation French and English American family of loggers and woodcarvers, homemakers and knitters in the western Maine mountains.

New England

2002. Sensing Place: Artful Work in the Forests of New England. Northwest Folklife Festival Program.

2005. "Women's Folklife." In Encyclopedia of New England Culture, ed. Burt Feintuch and David Watters, 464-465. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Alaska: Inuit folktales

1988. Assistant Editor.Ugiuvangmiut Quliapyuit: King Island Tales. Ed. Lawrence Kaplan. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, Alaska Native Language Center. With collectors and translators Margaret Seeganna and Gertrude Analoak, we assembled this first bilingual collection of Inupiaq folktales.

Pennsylvania German culture

2000. Harvest Home and the Place of Tradition in Cultural Discourse. Paper given at the American Folklore Society, 25-29 October 2000, Columbus Ohio.

Fieldwork and Gender

1990. "Fieldwork, Gender, and Transformation: The Second Way of Knowing." Southern Folklore 47:33-44.

1985. "Woman to Woman: Fieldwork and the Private Sphere." In Women's Folklore, Women's Culture, ed. Susan Kal ik and Rosan Jordan, 45-53. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Sixteen photographs. [Article in PDF]

Family Folklore

1997. "Family Folklore." Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music, and Art, ed. Thomas A. Green, 278-284. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

1982. "Family Folklore and Oral History Interviews: Strategies for Introducing a Project to One's Own Relatives." Western Folklore 41:251-274. (On-line at ProQuest)

1982. "Blessing the Ties that Bind: Storytelling at Family Celebrations." A Celebration of American Family Folklore: Tales and Traditions from the Smithsonian Collection, ed. Steven Zeitlin, Amy Kotkin, and Holly Cutting Baker, 250-259. New York: Pantheon. Four photographs. [Article in PDF]

Folk Arts & Politics: Spontaneous Memorial at the Pentagon, 2001; Yellow ribbons & Gulf War I

2006. "We'll Watch Out for Liza and The Kids": Spontaneous Memorials and Personal Response at the Pentagon, 2001." In Spontaneous Shrines and the Public Memorialization of Death, ed. Jack Santino, 57-97. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [Article in PDF]

1996. Co-author, with Linda Pershing."The Yellow Ribboning of the USA: Contested Meanings in the Construction of a Political Symbol." Western Folklore 55(1):41-85. Six photographs. (On-line at ProQuest)

Poetry and Literary Non-fiction

2008. "Donation" Beltway Poetry Journal, special issue on Museums. My poem draws on my work with Rodney Richard and the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum, Rangeley, Maine.

2008. Several poems in The Folklore Muse: Poetry, Fiction, and Other Reflections by Folklorists, edited by Frank De Caro (Logan: Utah State University Press)

2008. "First Wash" Beloit Poetry Journal.

2006. "Eating Alone" Voices: The Journal of the New York Folklore Society. (poetry)

1990. "Wave-walking" Friends Journal. 36: 9-10. (non-fiction: on the life and death of Bertha Yocom, my grandmother) [Article in PDF]

Selected Awards and Grants
2001. Excellence in Teaching Award, George Mason University.

2001. Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant for Rodney Richard, Sr. and Rodney Richard, Jr., Maine Arts Commission.

2000. Maine Historical Records and Archives Board grant. Rangeley Lake Region Logging Museum.

1993. Ellis Kongas-Miranda Award of the American Folklore Society was given to Feminist Messages, edited by Joan Radner, in which my article, " ‘Awful Real': Dolls and Development in Rangeley, Maine," appeared.

1990. Study Tour of Northern Ireland, British Council.

1984. Distinguished Teacher Award, George Mason University.