Saturday, December 21, 2013

Wanted: Authors to Read Their Food-Related Works

By way of background, the following appeal came to the Tenants via Jeremy Justus, one of our doctoral alums, who is a colleague of Professor Landrigan. Participation is worth contemplating, if only for the name of the January event alone:
Allow me to introduce myself: I'm Marissa Landrigan, creative nonfiction writer and Assistant Professor of Writing at the University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown, and I'm seeking writers to participate in a new food-themed reading series I'm curating.
Acquired Taste is a series of public readings in various locations around Pittsburgh, each featuring 3-4 authors reading their work around a food-related theme. Our first event will be held at East End Book Exchange in December, and future events are lining up at local food shops, bars, music venues, and more.
I'm looking for writers who may be interested in participating in the series to submit work, most urgently to our upcoming event tentatively scheduled for January 15th at The Shop (a studio space/music venue in Bloomfield) on the theme of "Punky Foodster: Readings on Food, Sex, and Rock and Roll," which will also feature live performances by several local Pittsburgh bands.

The work may be in any genre -- fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and poetry are all welcome, but pieces should be around or under 15-20 minutes long. The work may also, of course, have been previously published, or under consideration for publication.
Themes are meant to be interpreted as broadly or narrowly as each writer likes, and do not need to be taken literally. My hope is that this will be a playful reading series, one that welcomes humor, smut, irreverence, etc. One that makes food tasteful or tasteless. One that engages our audience's imagination to make them salivate, and to extend our ideas of what "food writing" looks like.
Please feel free to get in touch with me ( with any questions, submissions (for this or future events), or just to express interest in being notified about future calls for submission to the reading series. 

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