Autumn Giles of Autumn Makes & Does has started a new podcast called Alphabet Soup, a podcast about food and words. Autumn graciously asked to interview me for the third episode, and it was so much fun! We covered a lot of ground: Salt Salon, short stories, J.D. Salinger, neuroscience, Proust, blackberries, tea parties, etc, etc.
I really enjoyed our chat. Listening to the episode just now, I realized that I haven’t actually heard the poem Blackberry Eating read in a really long time (not counting the times I read it aloud). It’s a delightful-sounding poem.
Autumn writes a great summary of the episode here.
You can listen to the interview here: Alphabet Soup Podcast — OR you can just subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. In fact, you should do just that.
In the spirit of the traditional artist salon, I’m inviting guests into my home for an intimate evening of great art and fabulous finger food.
I’m very excited to have Tara Betts as the inaugural poet for the Salon. Tara is the author of Arc & Hue. She is co-editor of Bop, Strut, and Dance with Afaa M. Weaver. Tara teaches at Rutgers University and Urban Word NYC. Her work has been featured on WNYC, Steppenwolf Theater’s “Words on Fire,” HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, the Black Family Channel’s SPOKEN, and the film-in-development Violets Are Read. Her work appears in anthologies and journals. In 2011, Tara was commissioned to write a libretto inspired by the friendship of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Peggy Choy Dance Company.
The Salt Salon was born from the realization that pretty much my whole life is taken up by food or art. This is where I combine the two. Each installation of the Salt Salon series will feature an artist performing her/his work — poetry, prose, music, performance art, you name it — and a featured chef’s culinary creations. A simple recipe for an extraordinary evening.
For more information about the Salon and to keep abreast of developments, follow the Salt Salon Blog!