Eating Poetry and the Poetry of Eating

“There is no happiness like mine“ exclaims Mark Strand, “I have been eating poetry.” Is there enough poetry in your diet? And what about the poetry of eating? Are you willing to stand up for the vegetables that get no respect? To make no bones about using bones in your broth? Maybe nothing lights you up like “one hundred megawatts of butter”? And maybe John Milton can help you to justify the ways of God to yourself, including the temptations of sinfully delicious forbidden fruits and desserts. Join poet and professor Stephen Massimilla and professional chef and graduate culinary nutrition instructor Myra Kornfeld for a very happy hour all about what poets and philosophers--from Plato to Rumi to Neruda to Massimilla and Kornfeld themselves--can teach you about eating well and wisely and getting plenty of satisfaction.


Professor of the Columbia University Core, and English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Stephen Massimilla is a poet, critic, professor, and painter. He is the co-author, with Myra Kornfeld, of the forthcoming book Cooking with the Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare. His latest book, The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat, was selected in the SFASU Poetry Prize competition. He has received the Bordighera Poetry Prize for Forty Floors from Yesterday (Bordighera, CUNY); the Grolier Prize for Later on Aiaia; a runner-up citation for the Salmon National Poetry Book Award for Almost a Second Thought, selected by X.J. Kennedy; a Van Rensselaer Award, selected by Kenneth Koch; multiple Pushcart Prize nominations, and other awards. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications. Massimilla holds an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he has taught many courses in the Core and the English and Comp Lit departments. He has also taught extensively at Barnard College and the New School. Massimilla has been interviewed on radio and television, presented papers at numerous conferences, and performed his work at many venues such as Carnegie Hall. For more info visit the official website.


6:30 PM @ Schapiro's


*Entrance over 21