The Public Honors College

SMCM Newsroom

Nov. 3 Writers’ Harvest Reading Uses Food for Inspiration

Oct. 24, 2011
Press Release #11-189


The experiences of eating and cooking provided plenty of food for thought for writers at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Students in a “Summer Sustainability Books that Cook” class translated their culinary experiences into recipe recollection essays and foodie fictions, and they will share this work in a reading starting at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in Daugherty-Palmer Commons. The reading will be followed by a reception featuring food prepared by the students. A suggested donation of $2 will go to Share our Strength, a national nonprofit that aims to end childhood hunger in the United States.

 “To consider food as a written art form is to consider a central part of what it means to be human,” said Jennifer Cognard-Black, associate professor of English and the one who developed Books that Cook as an upper-level English class over a decade ago. “Through food traditions, culture and history are transmitted as well as transformed – practices of preparing and sharing recipes both create and convey human interactions.”

 Special guests include Michael S. Glaser, former poet laureate of Maryland, and Karen Leona Anderson, author of the poetry collection “Punish honey.”

 The reading is part of the VOICES Reading Series, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Category: Student Body