Join us at City Lit Books on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at 5:00 pm for reading from Epicurean Ecstasy More Poems about Food, Drink, Herbs & Spices with author Cynthia Gallaher, with readings by Marty McConnell and Carlos Cumpian.
In Epicurean Ecstasy, Cynthia Gallaher celebrates not only historical and modern pleasures of the kitchen and the table, but also the seasonal evolutions that take place in the cultivated fields and wild terrains, and of those who harvest these foods and bring nourishment to our homes. Warning: These poems will whet your appetite!
“Cynthia Gallaher weaves threads of science with seeds of the sacred. The result – a walk along a path that informs with delight. Certainly the best herbal poetry since Shakespeare.” ~ Steven Foster, senior author of National Geographic’s A Desk Reference of Nature’s Medicine
“Epicurean Ecstasy is extraordinarily enjoyable; it prompted me to reconsider nourishment and what our own spiritual sustainability requires. Intelligent. Satisfying. Just beautiful.” ~ Dee Sweet, Associate Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and former Wisconsin State Poet Laureate
Cynthia Gallaher appears on Chicago Public Library’s list of “Top Ten Requested Chicago Poets,” and was named one of “100 Women Making a Difference” by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine for her writing and ecological work. She has also received numerous grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council. Committed to the organic and sustainable foods movement, and a proponent of clean drinking water, Gallaher is a former officer on the board of directors of Illinois Consumers for Safe Food (a local affiliate of The Center for Science in the Public Interest) and has also served as a volunteer for Lake Michigan Federation’s (now the Alliance for the Great Lakes) Shorekeepers initiative and the Green Team of the Chicago Park District.
Poet and spoken-word artist Marty McConnell earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a seven-time National Poetry Slam Team member and the 2012 winner of the National Underground Poetry Individual Competition. Her collections of poetry include wine for a shotgun awarded a silver medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and a finalist for the Audre Lorde Award and the Lambda Literary Award, and when they say you can't go home again, what they mean is you were never there which won a Michael Waters Poetry Prize. McConnell is also author of the book Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Workshop. McConnell began her slam career in New York City, where she cofounded the literary nonprofit louderARTS Project and co-curated its reading series. In 2009, she moved back to Chicago and started Vox Ferus, a sister organization to louderARTS.
Carlos Cumpián is the author of four poetry collections: Coyote Sun Latino , Armadillo Charm, and 14 Abriles: Poems. He has contributed to more than thirty poetic anthologies since 1977, he has also served as editor and publisher for March Abrazo Press the first Chicano/Latino and Native American Indian small press in Illinois since 1982. Cumpián has taught creative writing and poetry through community arts organizations, as well as at Columbia College Chicago Cumpián resides in Chicago among los Mexkimos and other survivors of El Norte.