Margaret Day Allen is an avid collector of self-taught art. She is a former award-winning journalist and photographer. She currently works as a marketing communications professional. Her work as been published in the Folk Art Messenger. She holds a bachelor? degree in English from Mississippi State University and a master? in journalism from the University of Mississippi. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, Robert. They are the proud parents of two children, Frances and Christopher. The Allens are past co-presidents of the North Carolina Folk Art Society and members of the Folk Art Society of America.

"There is a wide range of Southern self-taught artists in this delightful, large-format, hard-cover book...In all, the book gathers 32 self-taught artists, describing their lives and art.“Nuala Ernest, Raw Vision\n


"This long-awaited book by award-winning journalist Margaret Day Allen reinforces what an excellent writer she is...By providing a real service in recognizing these deserving artists, Allen has expanded the scholarship in this ever-growing field.“Ann Oppenhimer, Folk Art Messenger

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