Stephen Winick

Stephen Winick is a folklorist, music critic, and editor

Stephen D. Winick is a folklorist, writer, editor, teacher, and singer. He is an experienced writer and editor, especially on folklore matters, and is the editor of the Library of Congress's blog Folklife Today. His academic publications include articles on ballads, proverbs, and modern legends, as well as on Chaucer, Sir Gawain, and Robin Hood. He is a veteran music writer, especially for Dirty Linen, the Magazine of Folk and World Music, for whom he was a columnist and contributing editor for twenty years. He also writes about folklore, myth, and other subjects, in publications that have included Philadelphia Weekly, National Geographic World, and Realms of Fantasy. Steve has taught at Ivy League universities, and has lectured or moderated panels at such wide-ranging venues as the Library of Congress, Folk Alliance International, The New York Eisteddfod, The International Robin Hood Studies Association (Powys, Wales), La Grande Rencontre (Montreal, Canada), National Taiwan Normal University (Taipei), FaerieCon, and Mythic Faire. As a singer, he performs with Ship's Company Chanteymen and with Celtic rock ensemble Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra. He has performed widely in Pennsylvania, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, at venues that include the Music Center at Strathmore, George Washington's Mount Vernon, the Globe Theater, and the Birchmere. By day he works as a folklorist and editor at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. Find him at