Emily Wallace is a freelance writer and illustrator with a masters in pimento cheese (technically folklore with a masters thesis on p.cheese). She serves as deputy editor of Southern Cultures at UNC-Chapel Hill, and has written and illustrated work for other publications including The Washington Post, Southern Living, The Oxford American, and GOOD. In 2015, Wallace was nominated for a James Beard Award in humor writing for her written/illustrated essay "Ham to Ham Combat: The Tale of Two Smithfields." She lives in Durham with her muppet (dog) Rubick, and is currently working on an illustrated book of short essays with the University of Texas Press.
"An Elaborate Excuse for a Pun: Illustrations by Emily E. Wallace," currently on view at Wilson Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.