Book Culture will host a reading and discussion by Tupelo authors Stephen Massimilla and Myra Kornfeld to celebrate their new book Cooking with the Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare. www.ccokingwiththemuse.com They will be accompanied by Tupelo poets Annie Guthrie, author of The Good Dark and Suzanne Parker, author of Feed and by Columbia poet BK Fischer, author of St. Rage's Vault and Mutiny Gallery. A brief Q & A will follow, and wine and delectable edibles will be served. This special event is free and open to the public. They will be accompanied by Tupelo poets Annie Guthrie, author of The Good Dark and Suzanne Parker, author of Feed.
Stephen Massimilla is a poet, scholar, professor, and painter/photographer. Acclaim for his previous books includes a SFASU Press Prize for The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat; the Bordighera/CUNY Poetry Prize for Forty Floors from Yesterday; the Grolier Poetry Prize for Later on Aiaia; a Van Rensselaer Award, selected by Kenneth Koch, and other honors. He has recent work in hundreds of publications from AGNI to Verse Daily. Massimilla holds an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has taught extensively in the Columbia Core and the Department of English and Comparative Literature, as well as at Barnard College, The New School, and elsewhere. For more info:stephenmassimilla.com and cookingwiththemuse.com
Myra Kornfeld is a chef, educator, and nutrition instructor, and the author of three previous cookbooks, The Healthy Hedonist: More Than 200 Delectable Flexitaroian Recipes for Relaxed Daily feasts; The Healthy Hedonist Holidays; and The Voluptuous Vegan. She teaches in the Graduate Nutrition program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, and she is head chef for the website myfoodmyhealth.com. She specializes in cooking parties and team-building events. For more info: Myrakornfeld.com and cookingwiththemuse.com
Annie Guthrie, author of The Good Dark (Tupelo, 2015), is a writer and jeweler living in Tucson. She has a metalsmithing studio at Splinter Brothers Warehouse and can be found through her website, www.annieguthrie.net. She teaches at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and also mentors select students wishing to apprentice in poetry or to further their art projects through her courses in “Oracular Writing.”
Suzanne Parker is a winner of the Kinereth Gensler Book Award from Alice James Books. Her book Viral was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her poetry has appeared in Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Hunger Mountain, Drunken Boat, and numerous other journals. She is a winner of the Alice M. Sellars Award from the Academy of American Poets and was a Poetry Fellow at the Prague Summer Seminars. Suzanne’s creative non-fiction is published in the travel anthology Something to Declare. Suzanne is the managing editor at MEAD: A Magazine of Literature and Libations.