At this event, a
panel of notable writers will read fiction and nonfiction in which food is used to
explore community building, alienation, and assimilation among immigrants to
the United States and other countries.
- Von Diaz, multimedia journalist, oral historian, and journalist for Feet in 2
- Marie Myung-Ok Lee, author of Somebody's Daughter (Beacon
- Monique Truong, author of Bitter in the Mouth (Random
House, 2010) and The Book of Salt (Houghton
- Tiphanie Yanique, assistant professor, School
of Writing; author of How to Escape from a Leper
Colony (Graywolf Press, 2010)
Moderator: Luis Jaramillo, associate
chair, Writing Program, The New School; co-editor of the journal The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food
Von Diaz is a multimedia journalist and oral
historian based in New York City. Her reporting and research focuses on
immigration, Latino culture, Cuba, and LGBT issues. She currently works as the
Marketing & Communications Manager at El Museo del Barrio in New York City.
She was born in Puerto Rico and holds a dual M.A. in Journalism and Latin
American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, and a B.A. in Women's
Studies from Agnes Scott College. Her work has been published by PRI’s The
World, Latino USA, WNYC, and New American Media. She is a journalist for Feet
in 2 Worlds, a program of the Center for NYC Affairs at The New School.
Marie Myung-Ok Lee is a fiction and nonfiction writer. Her
work has appeared in Guernica, Witness, FiveChapters, The New York Times, the New York
Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Slate, and she is a regular contributor to The Atlantic and Salon. She is author
of Somebody’s Daughter, a Minnesota Book Award finalist.
She has been a Fulbright Scholar and a fellow at MacDowell, Yaddo, and VCCA and
is a founder and former board president of the Asian American Writers Workshop.
She teaches creative writing at Brown and Columbia. Lee’s next novel is
forthcoming with Simon & Schuster in 2014.
Truong is a writer
based in Brooklyn, New York who was born in Saigon, South Vietnam, in 1968. Her
first novel wasThe Book of Salt (Houghton
Mifflin, 2003)—a national bestseller and the recipient of the New York Public
Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, the Stonewall Book
Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, a PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles National
Literary Award, an Association for Asian American Studies Poetry/Prose Award,
and a Seventh Annual Asian American Literary Award. In 2003, The Book of Salt was also honored as a New York Times Notable Fiction Book, a Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction Book, one of
the Village Voice’s 25 Favorite Books, and one of
the Miami Herald‘s Top 10 Books. Her second
novel, Bitter in the Mouth (Random House, 2010), is the
inaugural selection of the Ladies’ Home Journal Book Club and received the
Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
and was named a 25 Best Fiction Books of 2010 by Barnes & Noble, a 10 Best
Fiction Books of 2010 by Hudson Booksellers, and the adult fiction Honor Book
by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association. Truong is also a
contributing co-editor of Watermark: An Anthology of
Vietnamese American Poetry & Prose (Asian American Writers’
Truong writes a
monthly online food column entitled Ravenous for
the New York Times’ T Magazine. She has contributed
to Real Simple, Town & Country, Condé Nast Traveler, Allure,
Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, the Times of London (Saturday Magazine), Time
Magazine (Asia edition), and other publications. Truong was a
PEN/Robert Bingham Fellow, a Princeton University’s Hodder Fellow, and a 2010
Yanique is assistant
professor in the MFA School of Writing at The New School for Public Engagement
and is author ofHow to Escape from a Leper Colony (Graywolf
Press, 2010). Yanique’s writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean
Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award,
a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet's
Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural
figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 2010
5 Under 35, a list announcing the next generation of fiction writers.
Jaramillo is the associate
chair of the Writing Program at the New School, where he oversees the
undergraduate curriculum and the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy
and teaches courses in fiction and nonfiction, and is co-editor of the
journal The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food.His first book, The Doctor’s Wife, won the Dzanc Books Short Story
Collection Contest, was an Oprah Book of the Week, and was named one of NPR’s Best Books of
The panel is presented by the School of
Writing at The New School for Public Engagement.
For more information
about the rest of the conference, please visit http://www.newschool.edu/eventDetail.aspx?id=87086&DeptFilter=NSPE+Writing.