Maria Zeringue is the Folk and Traditional Arts Director at the Mississippi Arts Commission, where she manages the online publication Mississippi Folklife. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked for Traditional Arts Indiana and completed an internship with the Louisiana Folklife Program. She has published articles for the Smithsonian’s Folklife Magazine, Louisiana Folklife Program, Journal of Folklore Research Reviews, Louisiana Folklore Miscellany, and the Journal of Ethnic American Literature. She has master’s degrees in French and Folklore from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Indiana University, respectively. In her spare time, she likes to make pottery, practice photography, and read comic books.