In homes, in restaurant spaces, in the mixing and re-mixing of cuisines, Asian American and people from Asian diasporas often identify with–– and are defined by–– food. During this workshop, we will delve deep into the intimate reverberations and political implications that food evokes, while also forming a community around our shared rituals and desires. As food is so often tied to identity, the workshop seeks to celebrate Asian American and Asian diasporic food writing that already complicates master narratives while continuing the process of making space for our own food histories. During this workshop, we will work in community to generate conversation about food in all its manifestations and forms.
To Carry Within Us An Orchard, To Eat is a one-week long online writing workshop from October 21st to October 27th, that includes full writing lessons, prompts, guided writing generation activities & a Guest Seminar, which are hour-long web classes with writers we love. We're overjoyed to welcome Muriel Leung to give a Guest Seminar for this workshop. Previous Guest Seminars have been given by Kaveh Akbar and Fatimah Asghar. This workshop is a collaboration between the literary organizations Winter Tangerine and Kundiman.
This workshop is for Asian American writers and writers from Asian diasporas who seek to expand the parameters of food writing while challenging their personal practice as creatives. Food is deeply personal, but also by nature communal: Together, we will find the celebrations, the struggles, and the beauty that makes up our food. Applications are free and open until September 30th. Tuition is $75. Financial aid is available to those with need. There is no age limit or requirement, and no experience is necessary. The title of this workshop comes from the poem “From Blossoms” by Li-Young Lee.