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St. Mary’s College of Maryland Professor to Lead “Edible Poems and Other Literary Foodstuffs” Panel Discussion

August 6, 2012
Press Release #12-083


Jennifer Cognard-Black, a professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an expert in the literatures of food, will moderate “Edible Poems and Other Literary Foodstuffs,” a creative reading of essays, poems, and fiction that all incorporate recipes.  The panel, sponsored by the American Women Writers National Museum, will take place on August 16 at 1275 K St. NW, Suite 102 in Washington, DC starting at noon. A meet-and-greet session with the panelists is scheduled beforehand at 11:30 a.m.


Cognard-Black will be joined by panelists April Linder, E. J. Levy, and Melissa Goldthwaite. April Linder is a professor of English at St. Joseph’s University, a poet, a literary critic, and the author of Jane, a re-telling of Jane Eyre. E. J. Levy recently won the prestigious Flannery O'Connor Prize for her collection of short fiction. She teaches creative writing at Colorado State University. Goldthwaite teaches rhetorical theory and creative writing at St. Joseph’s University, and in addition to writing culinary poems and essays, she is also the author of The St. Martin's Guide to Teaching Writing, The Norton Reader, and other texts.


Goldthwaite and Cognard-Black are co-authoring an anthology titled Books that Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal, a collection of American food literature, structured as a menu and including works by writers such as Lucille Clifton, Nora Ephron, Maya Angelou, and Sherman Alexie.


The “Edible Poems and Other Literary Foodstuffs” panel is free and open to the public.