Elizabeth Carlson

Elizabeth Carlson 12.14.17

Elizabeth Anspach Carlson grew up in New York City in a family that loved literature, musical theater, and history. Watching The Waltons on TV and singing Appalachian folk songs at a camp run by Pete Seeger’s brother, she became interested in Appalachian culture.  At the time, she never imagined she’d one day live on the fringes of the region.

In 1995, Elizabeth moved with her young family from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Winston-Salem.  An American history buff, reading specialist, and former classroom teacher, she soon became fascinated by the diverse music history of her adopted state. Before long, she became the founder and Education Director of Carolina Music Ways, a nonprofit group that educates North Carolina school children about their state’s multicultural music heritage. In 2016, The History Press published her book North Carolina String Music Masters: Old-Time and Bluegrass Legends.

Elizabeth holds degrees in English and American Studies from Princeton University and in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in Winston-Salem with her husband and two cocker spaniels.  In her downtime, she enjoys reading, walking in nature, and kayaking.