2003 MA, Southern Studies - University of Mississippi - Oxford, MS
1993 BFA, Printmaking, cum laude - Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) - Baltimore, MD
1991 Fine Arts Studies - University of Georgia Studies Abroad - Cortona, ITALY
1989 High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) - Houston, TX
CONTRACT ORAL HISTORIAN: Foodways Texas (FTX) Austin, TX 2015- 2016
Conducted oral history fieldwork to document Mexico's influence on Texas cuisine. Former Advisory Board member.
LEAD ORAL HISTORIAN: Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) Oxford, MS 2003-2014
Created the documentary program for this Mississippi-based nonprofit. Responsible for initiating and conducting oral history projects, creating and managing an archive, publishing interviews to the Southern Foodways Alliance website, and promoting projects via social media outlets. Fieldwork responsibilities included gathering preliminary research, recording interviews, photographing narrators and their environments, editing audio, creating transcripts, and processing all materials for presentation on the SFA’s online archive and for deposit to the University of Mississippi's permanent archive. Managed cohort of freelancers and interns. Taught an annual graduate-level documentary workshop. Produced the SFA’s podcast series, Okracast. Represented the SFA at conferences and symposia.
SPECIAL PROJECTS CONSULTANT: Viking Range Corporation Greenwood, MS 2003 - 2006
Created tour packages for Viking’s boutique hotel, the Alluvian, in Greenwood. Worked closely with scholars, musicians, artists, and area vendors, creating a network of package partners. Also worked closely with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture in Oxford to organize specialty Greenwood packages for various symposia held throughout the year: The Southern Foodways Alliance’s annual Delta Divertissement, Living Blues Magazine’s annual Blues Today Symposium, and the annual Oxford Conference for the Book.
CONTRACT ORAL HISTORIAN: Mississippi Arts Commission Jackson, MS Spring 2005
Conducted multiple oral history interviews with Mississippi blues musicians and folk artists, documenting their backgrounds, educations, styles, and techniques for the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Mississippi Folklife & Folk Artist Directory.
VOLUNTEER ORAL HISTORIAN: William Winter Institute Jackson, MS Fall 2001
Conducted multiple oral history interviews as part of the Freedom Riders' 40th Anniversary in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2005, the interviews were molded into a documentary film, The Children Shall Lead. A companion curriculum was created and distributed to elementary schools throughout the state.
RELEVANT TEACHING EXPERIENCE
TEACHING WRITER > Writers in the Schools - Houston, TX / 2017-Present
Residencies: Chavez High School, Oak Forest Elementary, Meadow Wood Elementary, HSPVA, Kashmere High School, Wainwright Elementary
FIELDWORK INSTRUCTOR > University of Mississippi - Oxford, MS / 2010-2014
Led an annual oral history workshop to introduce graduate students from across the country to the SFA’s methods and practices as they relate to the collection of foodways fieldwork.
PHOTOGRAPHY INSTRUCTOR > University of Mississippi - Oxford, MS / 2003-2004
Introduced undergraduate students to the basics of black and white photography. Students learned about the history of photography, how to use their camera properly, compose images, develop film, enlarge negatives, and produce quality prints.
LECTURES & PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS
"My Houston: Documenting My Hometown Through Art and Oral History" - Center for Public History, University of Houston - Houston, TX
"My Houston: Documenting My Hometown Through Art and Oral History" - Oral History Association's Annual Meeting -
"Literacy Through Photography at FotoFest: Using Photography to Raise Social Awareness and Writing Confidence" -
Houston Arts Partners Conference - Houston, TX
"The Big Leap" - Fellow panelists: Lisa Donovan and Jennifer Justus - Southern Food Writers' Conference - Knoxville, TN
"Oral Histories: Collaborating with Storytellers" - Southern Food Writers' Conference - Knoxville, TN
"What do Selena, Soy Sauce, and Luby's Have to do with the History of Tex-Mex?" - 5th Annual Foodways Texas Symposium - San Antonio, TX
"Oral History Fieldwork: Making Connections" - Carolina Cooks, Carolina Eats class led by Drs. Marcie Ferris and Sharon Holland - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
"Show & Tell" - NC Comedy Arts Festival in collaboration with Southern Cultures - The ArtsCenter - Carrboro, NC
"Lunchtime Colloqium: Amy C. Evans" - Southern Oral History Program (SOHP) - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
"Houston's Underbelly" - Southern Foodways Alliance's 17th Foodways Symposium - Oxford, MS
"Writing Texas Food Culture" - Byte of Texas - Austin, TX
“How Oral History Can Enrich Your Storytelling Through Print, Film, or Audio” – Association of Food Journalists Annual Conference – Memphis, TN
“Table Talks: Oral History and the Documentation of American Foodways” – Oral History Association’s Annual Meeting – Oklahoma City, OK
“The Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail” – 2nd Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival – Greenville, MS
“The Stories Behind the Food” – Food & Entrepreneurship Conference – La Cocina – San Francisco, CA
“Talking Business: Oral History & The History of Enterprises” - Hagley Museum and Library – Wilmington, DE
“The Stories Behind Southern Food” - Millsaps College Arts & Lecture Series – Jackson, MS
“Collecting the Stories Behind the Food” – Pew Center for Arts & Heritage – Philadelphia, PA
“Archiving Oral Histories Online” - Society of Mississippi Archivists – University of Mississippi – Oxford, MS
“The Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail” – Delta Blues Symposium – Arkansas State University – Jonesboro, AR
“The Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail” - Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration (NLCC) – Natchez, MS
“A Short History of Barbecue in Memphis” – Memphis Public Library – Memphis, TN
“From Barbecue to Baklava: Greek-owned Restaurants in Birmingham, AL” - University of Mississippi - Oxford, MS
Culinary Tourism Panel Member - HandMade in America’s Building Creative Communities Conference - Asheville, NC
“Telling Mississippi Stories,” - Panel Member, Mississippi Film Summit - Jackson, MS
“Preserving the Culinary History of Greenwood, Mississippi” - University of Mississippi – Tupelo, MS
“Preserving the Culinary History of Greenwood, Mississippi” - University of Mississippi – Southaven, MS
“The Cefalu Connection” - Living Blues Magazine’s Delta X’Cursion - Greenwood, MS
“Greenwood Foodways: An Oral History Project” - Smithsonian Key Ingredients – Jackson, MS
“Delta Art Project” - The University of Mississippi - Oxford, MS
"Delta Art Project” - High School for the Performing and Visual Arts - Houston, TX
"Community-based Public Art and the Delta: An Update” - Rosenwald School Redevelopment Project Board Meeting - Drew Public Library - Drew, MS
“Creating a Community-based Public Art Project in the Mississippi Delta” - University of Mississippi - Oxford, MS
“Community-based Public Art and the Delta” - Rosenwald School Redevelopment Project Board Meeting - Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church - Drew, MS
TELEVISION & RADIO APPEARANCES
2015 "Amy Cameron Evans, Artist" - Edacious: Food Talk for Gluttons
"J. Q. Dickenson Salt Works & Amy C. Evans, Artist" - The Tennessee Farm Table
2014 "Memories & Memory Keepers, Sorties & Storytellers with Amy C. Evans, Oral Historian" - Secret Cuisines & Sacred Rituals with Vilasi Venkatachalam, TogiNet Radio
"Down on the Farm", Fit to Eat, Mississippi Public Broadcasting
2011 "Foodways Scholar Amy Evans Streeter” - Mississippi Arts Hour, Mississippi Public Broadcasting
2010 "Southern Wine Trail” - Food & Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen, KFWB NEWS TALK 980 in California
2009 "Southern Barbecue” - The Walt Bodine Show, KCUR 89.3 FM, Kansas City’s NPR affiliate
2008 "Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail” - Feasting on Asphalt with Alton Brown, Food Network
"When Southern Cooking Migrates North” - Weekend America, National Public Radio
2005 "Bartenders of New Orleans” - Bob Edwards Show, XM Satellite Radio
“Turning Back the Hands of Time: Jackson, Mississippi’s Olde-Tyme Deli,” Mississippi Magazine, Nov./Dec. 2017, Volume 36, Number 2, pp. 86-87, 194.
“Woe Is Houston? Aw, Hell No,” The Bitter Southerner, August 31, 2017. Web.
“The Education of Bobby Joe Moon,” Mississippi Folklife, July 2017. Web.
“Turning Back the Hands of Time: Jackson, Mississippi’s Olde-Tyme Deli,” Southern Jewish Life Magazine,
October 2016, Volume 26, Issue 10, pp. 47-50.
“Tapping Tradition: Houston’s Icehouse Renaissance,” The Local Palate, September 2016, pp. 78-85.
Foreword, Saints of Old Florida. Authors: Melissa Farrell, Christina McDermott, Emily Raffield. PRC Book Printing, Hatboro, PA, pp.6-7.
“Delta Hot Tamale Festival,” Mississippi Folklife, August 2015. Web.
“The Joy of Listening: Talking with SFA Filmmaker Joe York,” The Local Palate, October 2015, pp. 63-64.
“Houston’s New Heights,” The Local Palate, June/July 2015, pp. 88-95. 2015
"Anglea, Agnes, Esther, and Ivy," Southern Cultures: Food Issue, Spring 2015, Cover and pp. 8-14.
"The Interpreter and the Source," The Local Palate, April 2015,
"The Oysterman," The Bitter Southerner, 27 January 2015. Web.
"Southern Food Group: Hot Tamales," Good Eats, Garden & Gun, June 27, 2014. Web.
"Country Flavor: The Carter Family Fold," Saveur, Issue #138, May 2011.
“Culinary Tourism,” The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Vol. 16: Sports & Recreation, Harvey Jackson, ed., pp. 224-227.
"The Politics of Pork: Culinary Histories of Soul Food and Barbecue." The Journal of Southern History, Feb. 2010, Vol. 76, Issue 1, p. 222.
“From Barbecue to Baklava: The Delta’s Culinary Crossroads,” Cornbread Nation 5: The Best of Southern Food Writing, Fred Sauceman, ed., pp. 232-234.
“Chance Meetings and Back Roads: Making Connections Through Food,” Southern Cultures: The Edible South, Winter 2009, pp. 67-77.
“History in a Bun,” Now & Then: Foodways, Vol. 25, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2009, pp. 56-57.
“Birmingham’s House Wine,” Now & Then: Foodways, Vol. 25, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2009, p. 57.
“Wines of Garden Gate Vineyards,” Edible Piedmont, Fall 2008, pp. 26-28.
“Tamales”, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, available online.
“Hot Tamales," The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Vol. 7: Foodways, John T. Edge, ed., pp. 184-185.
“The Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail,” The Southern Quarterly, Winter 2007, pp. 115-125.
“Down Home Blues,” Delta Magazine, May/June 2007, pp. 56-58.
"The Changing Face of Barbecue," Slow Food Magazine, Oct. 2007, pp. 23-24.
“Culinary Crossroads,” Delta Magazine, September/October 2006, pp. 106-110.
"The Rings of Saturn," The Food Section, Sept. 9, 2005. Web.
"In Her Own Words," The Food Section, Sept. 9, 2005. Web
"Basilica Casamento and The Patron Saint of Oysters," The Food Section, Sept. 7, 2005. Web.
"No Money, No Eggs," The Food Section, Sept. 6, 2005. Web.
“In The Kitchen With the Blues,” Delta Magazine, July/August 2005, pp. 64-65.
EXHIBITED & PUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPHS
"The Carter Family Lives and Legends." The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol, VA.
AUDIO & PHOTOGRAPHS: Oral history interviews with Flo Wolfe and Rita Forrester.
"FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000." Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. IMAGE: Chamoun’s Rest Haven in Clarksdale, MS.
National Geographic Explorer
The New Yorker
The Washington Post
The Southern Quarterly
Apple Pie: An American Story by John T. Edge
BBQ USA by Stephen Raichlen
Cornbread Nation 2: The United States of Barbecue, Lolis Eric Elie, editor
Cornbread Nation 5: The Best of Southern Food Writing, Fred Sauceman, editor
Donuts: An American Passion by John T. Edge
Faulkner and Love by Judith Sensibar, forthcoming
Fried Chicken: An American Story by John T. Edge
Hamburgers & Fries: An American Story by John T. Edge
Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue by John Shelton Reed & Dale Volberg Reed
One Big Table by Molly O’Neill
Southern Belly by John T. Edge
HONORS & AWARDS
2020 Support for Artists and Creative Individuals Grant ($15k) – Houston Arts Alliance – Houston, TX
2017 Presenter's Scholarship - Oral History Association's Annual Meeting - Minneapolis, MN
2016 Houston's Harlem Renaissance - Successfully funded Kickstarter campaign - Online
2014 Tabasco Guardian of the Tradition Award - Southern Foodways Alliance - Oxford, MS
2012 New Media Award – International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) – New York, NY
Short-Form Audio Award – International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) – New York, NY
2009 Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award: Culinary Heritage (SFA Culinary Trails)
2006 Elbert R. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Oral History Project: Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail – Mississippi Historical Society
2005 Elbert R. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Oral History Project: Doe’s Eat Place – Mississippi Historical Society
2004 ’04 Tastemaker Awards – Food & Wine Magazine
2003 Chancellor’s Honor Roll, The University of Mississippi - Oxford, MS
Assistantship Award, The University of Mississippi - Oxford, MS
2002 Chancellor’s Honor Roll, The University of Mississippi - Oxford, MS
Assistantship Award, The University of Mississippi - Oxford, MS
FOUNDING MEMBER: I'll Have What She's Having Houston, TX Sept. 2017 - Present
Founding member of this newly formed collective of women chefs, hospitality professionals, entrepreneurs, physicians, scientists, and artists joining forces in support of women’s health and producing a regular program of fundraising events around the city. Our inaugural event, which was held on September 19, 2017, raised $5,000 for Trinity Gardens Church of Christ on Houston’s north side, a beneficiary that was identified as a result of my personal connections. The church is targeting the funds in support of women in the Kashmere Gardens, Trinity Gardens, and Fifth Ward neighborhoods as they recovery from Hurricane Harvey. To date, IHWSH has raised close to $40,000. The fundraising goal for this fiscal year is $1 million.
FLOWER MAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Project Row Houses Houston, TX Fall 2015
Served as part of an advisory committee whose members worked together with Project Row Houses to determine and execute an appropriate and lasting way to commemorate Cleveland Turner, aka The Flower Man, and celebrate his life’s work. I was responsible for documenting Mr. Tuner’s home inside and out to take an inventory of its contents prior to demolition and establish a visual archive of the unique folk environment created by this beloved Houston artist.
Mississippi Folklife - Editorial Board
2010 - present
2010 - present