Leanne E. Smith

Title: Teaching Assistant Professor
Office: OCB G335
Phone: 252.737.2044
E-Mail: smithlea@ecu.edu


Leanne E. Smith joined the faculty in Spring 2007. As a student, she received the Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award and several honors from the English department: Outstanding Graduate Student, the John D. and Dorothy C. Ebbs Fellowship, Outstanding Senior, the Russell Christman Memorial Scholarship, and the Gravely Foundation Award. She was president of the ECU Poetry Forum, English Graduate Student Organization, and ECU Folk & Country Dancers; Production Editor for The Wisteria Review; a DJ/newscaster at WZMB 91.3 FM; and an Orientation Assistant. Before returning to ECU, she was a journalist/photographer with a local-news weekly. As Class Notes Editor for East: The Magazine of East Carolina University, she compiled alumni notes and obituaries. Academically, she is a generalist. She enjoys fashion, water, and gender in literature; French language, literature, and culture; Shakespeare comedies; Britcoms and classic TV and films; international food; American history; photography; and folk music, dance, lore, and culture. She was Associate Director of the ECU Poetry Forum for several years, she is active in the Folk Arts Society of Greenville and the Green Grass Cloggers. She is a freelance writer, editor, and photographer, and she occasionally plays fiddle with Elderberry Jam, the Possum Hoppers, and Red Pen Ramblers. Her photos have appeared as the cover images for several issues of Tar River Poetry. She is working on a book length manuscript about the Green Grass Cloggers' history. She currently serves on the board of the North Carolina Folklore Society, and after two years as Assistant Editor of the North Carolina Folklore Journal, she was named editor in summer 2014.


B.A. East Carolina University
M.A. East Carolina University
M.F.A. Goucher College

Research Interests

Creative Nonfiction and Literary Journalism
NC Literature and Culture

Courses Taught

ENGL 3860: Introduction to Nonfiction Writing
ENGL 2201: Writing about the Disciplines 
ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing 
HNRS 2011 & 2012: Appalachian Culture Seminar

Selected Publications and Presentations

"Finding Festival Food in Vanceboro."  NC Food.  May 27, 2016.

"Cousins, A Few Times Removed: Eighty Years of Team Clogging's Family Tree."  Country Dance + Song Online 1 (April 2016). 

“Off the Mountain: Bascom Lamar Lunsford in Eastern North Carolina.”  39th Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference.  Shepherdstown University.  Shepherdstown, WV.  March 18-20, 2016.  

"Floating Dancer: Robert Dotson, the Walking Step, and the Green Grass Cloggers."  Released February 29, 2016.  Pilcrow, Possum & Persimmon.  Directed by Leanne E. Smith.  Produced by Leanne E. Smith & M. Chad Smith.  Edited by M. Chad Smith & Leanne E. Smith. 

"Livermush Monday at the Grocery Basket & Grill in Ferguson, NC."  NC Food. January 22, 2016.

"Pat Franklin's Mama's Banana Pudding." NC Food. September 18, 2015.

"Waxing Fig-Tastic: The 2nd Annual August Fig Festival on Ocracoke Island." NC Food. September 4, 2015.

Alfred the Possum: On the Road with the Green Grass Cloggers. Greenville, NC: Pilcrow, Possum & Persimmon, 2015. Written by Leanne E. Smith & Illustrated by Madalyn McLeod. 

"A Blueberry Ramble in Burgaw." NC Food. June 26, 2015.

"'Chowder Taster'--Touring a Clam Chowder Cook-Off at the Ocracoke Community Center." NC Food. April 10, 2015.

"Flatalachia Follow-Up: Results of Bringing Appalachian Studies to Flatland Eastern North Carolina." 38th Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference. East Tennessee State University. Johnson City, TN. March 27-29, 2015.

"'A Martin County Thing'--Chicken Mull." NC Food. October 31, 2014.

"Flatalachia: Bringing Appalachian Studies to Flatland Eastern North Carolina. "37th Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference. Marshall University. Huntington, WV. March 28-30, 2014.

"'All it needs now is eatin'"--Fish Stew and the Washington's Day Fox Hunt at Albertson, NC." North Carolina Folklore Journal/60.1-2 (2013): 64-84.

"Fresh Folk: First-Year College Students Meet Intercultural Folklife Documentaries." Think-In 2013: Teaching with Technology Showcase. Greenville, NC. April 3, 2013.

Appalachian Studies Association Conference. Appalachian State University. Boone, NC. March 22-24, 2013. Organized Panel: "International Flatfootprint: Watauga County's Willard Watson and Robert Dotson, and their Influence on the Green Grass Cloggers." Contributed Presentation: "Through a Cultural Window: The Intergenerational Friendship Between Oldtimers Willard Watson and Robert Dotson and the Young Green Grass Cloggers."

"Green Grass Cloggers: Folk Dance Group" (p. 26-35) & "Alex and Elizabeth Albright: Owners of R.A. Fountain General Store" (p. 4-9). Citations for NC Folklore Society Community Traditions Award and Brown-Hudson Award winners. North Carolina Folklore Journal 59.2 (Fall/Winter 2012).

"Rolling Ahead." Interview with Gene Roberts, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. Pirate's Revenge (July 2012).

"History." Green Grass Cloggers. June 2012.

"Green Grass Cloggers: Squared Up Counterculture Kids & the (Re)Forming of a Culture.” North Carolina Folklore Society Conference. March 31, 2012.

“Homeworkology: Three Semesters of Blackboard Homework Evolution.” Think-In 2011: Teaching with Technology Showcase. November 9, 2011.

Encyclopedia Virginia. Entries on Annie Dillard, Emily Tapscott Clark, The Reviewer, and Marshall Fishwick. 2010.

"Head-to-Toe: Deliberate Dressing and Accentuated Accessories in Flannery O'Connor's 'Revelation,' 'A Late Encounter with the Enemy,' and 'Everything That Rises Must Converge.'" Flannery O'Connor Review. 6 (2008): 40-55.

Book: East Carolina University--Off The Record. Pittsburgh: College Prowler, 2007 & 2008.

Poems: "Wallweed" & "Diagramming Sentences with the Coked-Up Captain." Tomfoolery Review (Spring 2010). "Belly Dance." Jareeda (July/August 2008).

"North Carolina Wine: A Growing Business." The IBX Newsletter: Your Inner Banks News Source. Issue: "Wineries and Vineyards of the Inner Banks." Fall 2007.

"The Doctor of Dogfish" (Winter 2008) & "Teaching Students to Serve" (Fall 2007). East: the Magazine of East Carolina University.

"Pirate Palate: A Collection of Recipes & Reminiscences" (2007-2009) & "First Semester Farrago: An Anthology of Literacy Narratives" (2005). Editor for student writing collections.