The Food Poem

Our mouths are liminal spaces where food and words mingle.
—Ruby Tandoh

In this exercise-guided, generative course, we’ll write and workshop food poems that explore identity, love, friendships, family, mortality, metaphysics, pleasure and power. During our five weeks together, we’ll ask questions like, “What did we learn at the dinner table?” and “How has this food item transformed our lives?” We’ll play with metaphors, sense-based vocabularies, praise and more. To ground our inspiration and hone our craft, we’ll discuss poems and food writing by artists and chefs such as Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, Chen Chen, Toi Derricotte, Li-Young Lee, Eileen Myles, Samin Nosrat, Naomi Shihab Nye, Michael Pollan and Tracy K. Smith, among others.

Workshop Details


  • Teacher: Cindy Tran
  • Level: I
  • Dates: Oct 23–Nov 20, 2022
  • Time: Sundays, 10:30 am–1:30 pm (ET)
  • Location: 144 Montague St, Brooklyn
  • Cost: $395
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, OCT 16, 2022
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, SEPT 18
Cindy Tran

Cindy Tran

Cindy Tran is the author of the poetry collection Sonnet Crown for NYC (2021), winner of the Thornwillow Patrons’ Prize. A recipient of fellowships from NYSCA/NYFA, the Poetry Project, and the Loft Literary Center, Cindy has presented her work at the Shed, the Lincoln Center and the BBC. Cindy’s poems have been published in Slice, the Margins, Copper Nickel and elsewhere.