Vinegar & Char at the Folger Library

7:30-9:30 p.m.

On Monday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. join editor Sandra Beasley, along with poets Sean Hill and Atsuro Riley, at the Folger Shakespeare Library as they read selections from Vinegar & Char, Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. The poetry collection, published by University of Georgia Press in Fall 2018, celebrates twenty years of symposia by offering a collection of poems that are by turns as sophisticated and complex, as vivid and funny, and as buoyant and poignant as any SFA gathering.The roster of contributors includes Natasha Trethewey, Robert Morgan, Atsuro Riley, Adrienne Su, Richard Blanco, Ed Madden, Nikky Finney, Frank X Walker, Sheryl St. Germain, Molly McCully Brown, and forty-five more. These poets represent past, current, and future conversations about what it means to be southern. Throughout the anthology, region is layered with race, class, sexuality, and other shaping identities.

With an introduction by Sandra Beasley, a thought-provoking foreword by W. Ralph Eubanks, and luminous original artwork by Julie Sola, this collection is an ideal gift. Meant to be savored slowly or devoured at once, these pages are a perfect way to spend the hour before supper, with a glass of iced tea—or the hour after, with a pour of bourbon—and a fitting celebration of the SFA’s focus and community.

Tickets may be purchased online here. The price includes readings, a panel discussion, and light hors d’oeuvres. This event is in conjunction with the Folger exhibition and the institution-wide project Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures and is part of the O. B. Hardison Poetry Series.

Event Presenters

Northern Virginia native Sandra Beasley has authored three poetry collections: Count the Waves, I Was the Jukebox, and Theories of Falling. Her memoir, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, engages living with disability.

A Georgia native, poet Sean Hill is the author of Dangerous Goods, awarded the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor. He is a consulting editor at Broadsided Press and an assistant professor in the Creative Writing Program at UA-Fairbanks.

Atsuro Riley’s work vividly paints the blooms of rural South Carolina. His first book, Romey’s Order, received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, and a Witter Bynner Award.