Emily Wallace

Class of 2004

Emily Wallace is a freelance writer and illustrator with a master’s in pimento cheese. No, really.

She serves as deputy editor of Southern Cultures at UNC-Chapel Hill, and has written and illustrated work for other publications including The Washington PostSouthern 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.

An English and Art double-major at Emory & Henry, she is as well-known for her art as she is for her writing. “An Elaborate Excuse for a Pun: Illustrations by Emily E. Wallace,” is currently on view at Wilson Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Feb. 2018). You can see some of her illustrations on her webpage. Don’t expect to view leftover seasonal candy the same again.