Doing fieldwork in a market in Luang Prabang, Laos. Photo by Vansana Nolintha.

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Katy Clune

Katy Clune has worked in communications for the cultural sector for more than ten years. Clune is the arts communications specialist for Duke University and the digital editor for Southern Cultures, a quarterly journal published by the University of North Carolina Press. Clune has a BA in art history from the University of California-Berkeley (2008) and a MA in folklore from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2015). Her documentary project, “Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, NC,” inspired by her UNC-Chapel Hill master’s thesis, has been published in Southern Cultures, in the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Gravy quarterly and podcast, and Our State magazine, and its supporting photo exhibit was displayed at the Center for the Study of the American South, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Morganton City Hall in 2015 and 2016. As a freelancer, Clune serves diverse clients in the higher education and arts fields with communications support including design, writing, and strategy. See her work at

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Travel! (Which occasionally means going without many comforts, including those listed below)
  2. Diversity, I love the moments when I’m a minority
  3. Love from family and my community of friends
  4. The kind of love only an animal can give
  5. Related: my wild cat Percy
  6. Time to myself
  7. Music, every day
  8. NPR in the mornings (when overseas, you can still dial up Morning Edition to start the day on the NPR app)
  9. Spice (can I sneak in salt here, too?)
  10. Plants (I have 36 houseplants and counting)