Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck is an intimate monthly dinner party where writers and foodies come together to eat, write, and share. Head to Feast of Words on the third Tuesday of each month to discover local chefs and writers, bring a dish on the monthly theme and share your on-the-spot writing to be entered in a drawing for edibles, books and other prizes!
On Tuesday, April 16, 7 to 9pm, Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck features a reading and writing exercise led by Raquel Gutiérrez, founder of several queer women of color, community-based art and literary projects. Culinary guest Jenn Hartman anchors the evening’s potluck. As always, guests can bring a dish, take part in a writing exercise and share the work they have created for a chance to win literary and culinary prizes.
The evening’s theme “Only Connect” is inspired by an E.M. Forster quote and by Dial Collect, a group exhibition of interactive installations in the SOMArts Main Gallery bridging people and stories, April 5–26, 2013. Guests may wish to arrive early to visit the exhibition, which is open 12pm to 7pm on the day of the event.
About Raquel Gutiérrez
Raquel Gutiérrez (pictured above) is a performer, writer, actor, curator, playwright, and cultural organizer. She has written on queerness, music, film, performance and community building in addition to creating original solo and ensemble performance compositions. Gutiérrez has studied and graduated from both community and university settings, but really got her art education at Jabberjaw, an all-ages punk rock venue in Los Angeles that she has written about, as well as at Highways Performance Space, where she interned and house managed in the year 2000.
Gutiérrez is a co-founding member of the performance ensemble, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP), a community-based and activist-minded group aimed at creating a visual vernacular around queer Latinidad in Los Angeles. Gutiérrez also co-founded other queer women of color projects and Los Angeles-specific projects: Tongues, A Project of VIVA and Epicentro Poetry project. Gutiérrez has published work, most recently in Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing, edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano. Currently, Gutiérrez is working on a few essays about her favorite performance artists and the state of art and community-building as well as a novel. Formerly the Manager of Community Partnerships for Cornerstone Theater Company, a leader in community-based theater making in the United States, Gutiérrez now calls the Bay Area home. She now manages a program in arts community engagement for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
About Jenn Hartman
Jenn Hartman (pictured below) is a self-taught baker, musician, and writer living in Oakland. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Hartman’s cooking is influenced by punk ethics of accessibility, shared resources, making things from scratch, and beauty in simplicity. Hartman focuses on seasonal eating, demystifying food-making processes, and vivid flavor combinations. When not in the kitchen or on a bike, Hartman plays drums in an indie punk band called Salt Flat, operates a D.I.Y. record label under the name Most Gross Cassettes, and self-publishes zines.