Call for Pitches: Anthology on anti-capitalist & anti-authoritarian food projects & history

Food and cooking have always been an essential part of anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian movements, mutual aid, and organizing. This anthology, to be published by PM Press (likely in 2022), endeavors to collect some of these kitchen- and food-focused testimonies, memories, and histories. The anthology is rooted in an interview series I conducted between 2018 and […]

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chocolate-mint italian ice

“At the local diving pool,” begins Eshani Surya’s essay “Lessons in Drowning”, “Where most of us town kids go to splash and race, where we go to eat Good Humor vanilla king cones, the creamy coldness turning to sticky residue on our cheeks, I climb a tall ladder, braving the flexible board that gives under […]

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rosé-pear galette

I’m reading Silvia Federici’s Revolution at Point Zero and Laura Shapiro’s Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America simultaneously. In some ways, they’re very different books–one a collection of academic writing with a focus on feminism, anti-capitalism, and the Wages for Housework campaign; the other a pop history of feminism, domesticity, and cooking […]

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chile-chocolate torta caprese

For the past three years, I’ve spent springtime working on a production with Shakesqueer Theater, a ragtag crew of anti-authoritarian thespians here in Tucson. This year, a demon-themed Romeo & Juliet was in the works and, for months, folks practiced their lines, wrote music, built sets, designed costumes, did directorial and logistic work, and so […]

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Editorial support on writing about mutual aid & resistance to capitalism/the state during COVID-19

UPDATE: I’m currently at capacity, digging in to some really amazing projects remotely. I’ll update this if that changes. Are you writing (or would like to write) about COVID-19 from the perspectives of mutual aid work and/or an anti-capitalist & anti-authoritarian framework? I’m a nonfiction writer, experienced editor and grant writer, and creative writing teacher […]

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nettle & honey shortbread for collective mourning (& a writing exercise)

“Our grief–our feelings, as words and actions, images and practices–can open up cracks in the walls of the system. It can also pry open spaces of contestation and reconstruction, intervulnerability and strength, empathy and solidarity. It can discomfort the stories told from above that would have us believe we aren’t human or deserving of life-affirming […]

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Food Is Connected to Everything: A Syllabus for a Self-Guided Food Writing Course

In October-November 2019, I taught a four-week class called “Food Is Connected to Everything: Writing the Culinary Essay” at the UA Poetry Center. One of my goals in teaching this course was to create a free, online curriculum for other people interested in food writing, especially those of us who want to read work by […]

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