How Food Invokes Poetry

Room 2207, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Poetry is witness and what better location to witness than at the kitchen table. It is an invocation of all five senses. The synesthetic aura leads to readiness for nourishment and a spiritual setting enables gratitude. Ingredients, recipes, and rituals of honoring are a celebration and a meditation. Mealtimes hold us, as well as history. Every morsel is an activation process; nothing is as evocative as food. Stories have been buried within our pots and pans. Flavors of beginnings and endings.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: How_Food_Invokes_Poetry_-_AWP_2024_Final_Presentation.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: AWP_Panel_-_Packet_of_Poems.pdf



Kashiana Singh calls herself a work practitioner and embodies the essence of her TEDx talk, "Work as Worship," into her everyday. She has served as a managing editor for Poets Reading the News. Her newest full-length collection, Woman by the Door, was released in 2022 with Apprentice House Press.

Amy Baskin's first collection NIGHT HAG (Unsolicited Press, 2023) explores Lilith, the mythic "first woman." She helps run the Visiting Writers Series and Fir Acres Writing Workshop at Lewis & Clark College. Timberline Review nominated Amy's poem "Self-Portrait as Comfort Food" for the Pushcart.

Jen Karetnick is the author of eleven poetry collections, including Inheritance with a High Error Rate, winner of the 2022 Cider Press Review Book Award (January 2024). She is also the cofounder and managing editor of SWWIM Every Day. She works as a food writer, dining critic, and cookbook author.

Zeina Azzam, a Palestinian American, is the poet laureate of Alexandria, Virginia, for 2022–25. Her poems about food, identity, and culture appear in her two books of poetry Some Things Never Leave You (Tiger Bark Press, 2023) and Bayna Bayna, In-Between (The Poetry Box, 2021). www.zeinaazzam.com

Tresha Faye Haefner is the founder of The Poetry Salon, an organization that provides both beginning and advanced writing classes to those who want to deepen their understanding of the craft. She holds an MA in humanistic psychology/creativity studies and is author of Take This Longing.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center