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Voices is the membership magazine of the New York Folklore Society.


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Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore features articles, stories, interviews, reminiscences, essays, folk poetry and music, photographs and artwork from people in all parts of New York State. Voices is the Society’s membership magazine. The magazine also publishes peer-reviewed, research-based articles, written in an accessible style, on topics related to traditional art and life, including ethnic culture. Join NYFS today to receive this new membership magazine!

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STABLE VIEWS: Stories and Voices from the Thoroughbred Racetrack


Special issues of New York Folklore still available include the following:
Marketing Folk Art
2000 Through African-Centered Prisms
1995 Proceedings from "Folklore and the People," the 50th Anniversary Conference
1993 Prejudice and Pride: Lesbian and Gay Traditions in America
1989 Folk Arts in New York State: A Public Forum
1988 Folk and Traditional Music in New York State
1987 Folk Arts in Education
1987 The New Nomads: Art, Life, and Lore of Migrant Workers in New York State
1986 Marketing Folk Art


New York Folklife Reader: Dynamic Folk Traditions from New York State Ellen McHale and Elizabeth Tucker, eds. (University of Mississippi Press, forthcoming).

Working with Folk Materials in New York State: A Manual for Folklorists and Archivists, John Suter, ed. (New York Folklore Society, 1994).

Folklore in Archives: A Guide to Describing Folklore and Folklife Materials, by James Corsaro and Karen Taussig-Lux (New York Folklore Society, 1998).

Self-Management for Folk Artists: A Guide for Traditional Artists and Performers in New York by Patricia Atkinson Wells (New York Folklore Society, 1999).

Hungarian Cuisine and Personal Memories by Eniko Tarnói Farkas (1998).

Island Sounds in the Global City: Caribbean Popular Music and Identity in New York, Ray Allen and Lois Wilcken, eds. (New York Folklore Society and the Institute for Studies in American Music, Brooklyn College, 1998).
Hungarian Cuisine and Personal Memories

The New York Folklore Society has received a grant from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust to create a travelling exhibition based on the ongoing research of the occupational folklore of thoroughbred racetrack workers by New York Folklore Society executive director, Ellen McHale. For several years, Dr. McHale has been documenting the folklore, folk arts, and working life of stable hands at the Saratoga Racetrack. Armed with an Archie Green Fellowship of the Library of Congress, McHale expanded her research in 2012 to include other thoroughbred racetracks throughout the United States. McHale will be mounting a travelling exhibition for 2014. A companion book will be published by the University of Mississippi Press as part of the Folklore in a Multi-Cultural World publication series of the American Folklore Society.
We encourage contributions of original articles, news items, photographs, and any other materials relating to folklore and folklife in New York State for possible inclusion in Voices.

Copy deadlines are: November 1 for the Spring/Summer issue; and May 1 for the Fall/Winter issue.

For more information about submissions, check out guidelines for authors here or contact our editor from this site.


For more than sixty years, the journal of the New York Folklore Society has been a singular voice advocating for the grassroots artistry of a creative populace. From the days of Ben Botkin, it has encouraged professional folklorists and cultural mavens to document and present their work and to use their work to make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers. Although the discipline of folklore has a variety of academic journals, and there is no shortage of journalists interested in folklore, Voices plays a unique role in offering an accessible venue to disseminate the best documentation of our cultural life—upstate, downstate, and beyond—and to utilize that documentation to enhance our lives.
—Steve Zeitlin, Director, City Lore
I consider Voices one of the most interesting publications I receive. I am especially glad to read of the many different forms that folklore takes throughout our state. The articles are always well written and well illustrated.
—Patricia Park, retired school librarian, Geneseo, New York
New York State is the site where some of the Old World cultures were first established and where those legacies continue to thrive. At this moment new refugee and immigrant groups are resettling in many of our cities and regions. Without Voices there will be no record of the formative cultural fermentation as it occurs and no one to celebrate our tradition bearers.
—Faye McMahon, Research Associate Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University
Although folklore belongs to everybody, the periodicals that discuss it mostly belong to specialists. Voices is the great exception—anybody can and everybody should read it.
—Lee Haring, Professor Emeritus of English, Brooklyn College, CUNY

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