Eating Our Way Around the World, One Poem at a Time

Eating Our Way Around the World, One Poem at a Time

Discover how writing about food can be a lens to discover other cultures and help you dig into your own customs. Because who could resist those cold plums?

Discover how writing about food can be a lens to discover other cultures and help you dig into your own customs. Because who could resist those cold plums?

 What we eat is such a central part of our daily lives that it’s only natural that it also shows up in our poetry. Many of us are familiar with famous poems that use food as metaphors, such as Wallace Stevens’s ‘The Emperor of Ice Cream’ and William Carlos Williams’s ‘This Is Just To Say’, about those infamous plums. But there are also many ways in which poetry featuring food allows us to travel through verse and learn about cultures distant from our own, or, at times, dig deeper into our own food-related customs. From Jennifer Givhan’s ‘I am dark, I am forest’, which features the Mexican dish of menudo as a means of grappling with her ancestral roots, to Lin Dinh’s ‘Eating Fried Chicken’, which explores the transportive power food holds internationally, poems about different dishes or ingredients reveal so much about the human experience all over the world.

In this workshop, we will explore the many ways food shows up in poetry everywhere from Peru to China to your local supermarket, as well as compose our own odes to our favourite meals and write about dishes that allow us to explore ideas, cultures and daily lives in new ways.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks, starting  28 September 2021. Live chats on Tuesdays, 7–9 pm GMT; first live chat 12 October.

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About Natasha Hakimi Zapata View Profile

Natasha Hakimi Zapata is a poet, journalist, university lecturer, and literary translator whose work has appeared on The Nation, Los Angeles Review of Books, In These Times, and elsewhere. She has received numerous awards for her creative writing, journalism, and literary criticism, and holds a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Boston University and both a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in English with a creative writing concentration from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2016, Literal Publishing released full-length bilingual editions of her translations of Alicia Borinsky’s My Husband’s Woman and Liliana Lukin’s Theater of Operations. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter at @natashakimiz.

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