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Freda Love Smith
Undergraduate Academic Advisor; Lecturer
Radio/Television/Film; Undergraduate Advising

Freda Love Smith

Freda Love Smith is a lecturer and advisor for undergraduates in the Department of Radio/Television/Film. Her teaching and research interests include food media and the music industry. Her book, Red Velvet Underground: A rock memoir, with recipes, came out in 2015. She has published stories about food and music for Paste Magazine, Talkhouse, and Newcity.

Freda has worked in the recording industry for over twenty years as a drummer, performing with indie rock bands the Blake Babies, Antenna, and The Mysteries of Life, and she currently plays with the Sunshine Boys. She has a master’s in creative writing from Nottingham Trent University and will complete an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction at Northwestern in 2020.


MA, Creative Writing, Nottingham Trent University
BA, General Studies: Arts and Humanities, Indiana University


  • COMM ST 395: Food, Communication, and Culture
  • GEN LA 280: Table to Page: The Art and Culture of Food Writing
  • RTVF 202: First-Year Seminar: Food on Film