Guest Curators

We want to say thank you to our outgoing Guest Curator, Stephen Wehmeyer! If you missed a chance to see his fantastic artifacts, please stop by the Guest Curator Archive Page. You can also examine all of our past Guest Curator’s as well.

Welcome to our Co-Guest Curators, B.D. Love & Maura Kennedy!

B.D. Love taught for many years at California State University, Los Angeles.  The experience immersed him in the multi-culture of Southern California, and inspired many of his stories, poems and songs.  He has published novels, a story collection, and books of poetry, as well as showing work in many literary magazines.  For the last three years, he has devoted his best energies to his songwriting with Maura Kennedy, which produced the acclaimed record, “Villanelle,” and is about to expand with their new collaboration, “Sestina!”

Maura Kennedy is one half of the Americana duo, The Kennedys. She has released nineteen albums in the past 23 years, and has toured North America and Europe continually during that time. Rolling Stone Magazine once wrote that Maura’s melodies contained “…more hooks than Marilyn Monroe’s closet.” Artists including Nanci Griffith and Southside Johnny have covered her songs. In 2014, Maura teamed up with writer B.D. Love in a songwriting collaboration that saw her melodies take delightful new directions, following B.D.’s poetic rhythm, phrasing and imagery.

Maura Kennedy & B.D. Love

If you are a folklorist or a collector of folklore/popular culture artifacts, please consider becoming a Guest Curator. Your objects will be highlighted here on a rotating basis.

All we ask is that the objects be yours, you have a photograph of the objects, and all or most of the information about the object (see the guidelines below, for more details).

Guest Curator Guidelines:

1. Artifacts must fall within the subject of our website (folklore, folk art, popular culture, etc).

2. Artifacts must be a part of your own personal collection.

3. Submissions must be limited to no more than five artifacts.

4. Submissions must contain a photograph of the artifact, as well as the title, purpose, country of origin, culture , materials, and dimensions of the artifact.

5. We also would like your photograph and a brief biography to accompany the collection.

Please contact, and write Guest Curator in the subject line for further information or with any questions. We cannot wait to highlight your collection!