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Dear Board and Colleagues:

I am very pleased to announce that the American Folklife Center (AFC) has hired Dr. Stephen D. Winick in the position of Writer-Editor, and he will be joining the staff on March 1st.

Stephen Winick is a folklorist, writer and editor with a longtime interest in folk traditions.  He pursued his undergraduate studies at Columbia University (Magna Cum Laude, 1990) and earned his graduate degrees from the Department of Folklore and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania (MA, 1992, and Ph.D., 1998).  Since 1999, Stephen has been the director of the Delaware Valley Folklife Center, a program of the Walt Whitman Arts Center in Camden, New Jersey, and one of six regional folklife centers for the state of New Jersey.  In this position, Stephen has produced ten exhibits on the history and folklife of his region, including a popular exhibition on the regions favorite legend, the Jersey Devil.  His exhibit on the Dreamland Café in Lawnside, NJ, a popular destination for African-American musicians from the 1930s to the 1980s, travels to the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark for six months starting in February 2005.  In addition, Stephen has taught folklore courses at the University of Pennsylvania and appears as a monthly guest on the popular radio program Kids' Corner, which airs in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Baltimore.

Stephen has also been a professional writer and editor since 1989, specializing in folklore and folk music.  He is currently a contributing editor at Dirty Linen, the Magazine of Folk and World Music, and has also written for Sing Out!, Philadelphia City Paper, and numerous other publications.  He has written sleeve notes for CDs on the Green Linnet and One Little Indian labels; concert notes for world music venues such as Philadelphia's International House and the South Jersey Performing Arts Center; and biographies and capsule reviews for music guides such as Music Hound and the All Music Guide.  In the academic world, his writing has appeared in the Journal of American Folklore, Western Folklore, Proverbium, and other journals, as well as several essay collections and encyclopedias.  His essay on the British broadside ballad Reynardine is the cover article in the most recent issue of the British academic journal Folklore.  In addition, Stephen Winick was both an editor of and a contributor to the book What Goes Around Comes Around, a volume of essays on proverb scholarship, which was published in October 2004. 

We at the AFC look forward to working with Stephen on our publications program and new online publishing endeavors.  


Peggy A. Bulger, Director
American Folklife Center
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