Food Justice Poetry Writing Workshop

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Join Poet Laureate Melissa Tuckey for an evening of poetry writing.

Food connects and sustains us.  Come share good bites and contemplate issues of social justice in our food system, while reading great poems and responding with our own writing. We’ll read culturally and stylistically diverse poems that connect us to farmers, cooks, soil and microbes and we"ll write new poems in response.  Might our poems also be food?  This workshop is meant for writers at all levels from published writers to folks who would like to become better writers.  Come have fun with us.  Release your inner poet.  Bring your favorite writing implements.  


Tompkins County Poet Laureate Melissa Tuckey is a co-founder and former board member of Split This Rock who serves as the Coordinator of Split This Rock’s Eco-Justice Poetry Project, editor of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, forthcoming from University of Georgia Press. Tuckey is author of Tenuous Chapel (May 2013), selected by Charles Simic for the First Book Award at ABZ Press, and Rope as Witness (chapbook: Pudding House Press, 2007). Her honors include a Black Earth Institute Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown Winter Fellowship and artist awards from Ohio Arts Council and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Tuckey has a background in community organizing and non-profit development, and holds an MFA from George Mason University. She teaches writing workshops in universities, public schools, nonprofit organizations, and other community settings. More information can be found on Melissa’s website at