Books that Cook


Lecture. “Just Food: Social Justice and the Literatures of Food.” Robert Foster Cherry Teaching Award Lecture. Baylor University. Waco, TX. 21 October 2019. [Learn more here.]

Lecture. “Books that Cook.” St. Mary’s Arts Council. Leonardtown, Maryland. 4 November 2018.

Visiting Writer. “Edible Essays: Adventures in Food Writing with Jennifer Cognard-Black.” Iowa Writers' House. University of Iowa. Iowa City, Iowa. A series of linked food writing workshops, 10-12 March 2017. [Learn more here.]

Keynote Address. “History is Served: Recipes as Local and National Memory.” The Master Docent Series Conference. Frederick Historic Sites Consortium. Frederick, Maryland. 27 February 2016.

Visiting Writer. “Edible Essays:  Mining Family Recipes for Memoir.” Sandy Spring MuseumSandy Spring, Maryland. A series of three writing workshops from September through November 2015. [Learn more here.]

Reading for Books that CookMid-Manhattan Library, New York Public Library. New York, New York. 13 May 2015. [Learn more here.]

Reading for Books that CookSt. Mary’s College of Maryland. St. Mary's City, Maryland. 23 April 2015.

Reading for Books that CookOhio State University. Columbus, Ohio. 26 March 2015. [Learn more here.]

Signing for Books that Cook.  Penn Book Center. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 6 February 2015

Reading for Books that Cook. Forum Theater, Saint Joseph’s UniversityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania. 5 February 2015. 

Visiting Writer. The Park School of Baltimore. Baltimore, Maryland. 13 January 2015.

Reading for Books that Cook. Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts CenterSolomon's Island, Maryland. 16 November 2014. [View the Press Release here.]

Reading for Books that Cook. Indigo Bridge Books. Lincoln, Nebraska 9 October 2014.

Reading for Books that Cook, featuring former poet laureate of the United States, Ted Kooser, and a tribute to past Nebraska State Poet, Bill Kloefkorn. Nebraska Wesleyan University. Lincoln, Nebraska. 10 October 2014.

Cooking Demo and Reading for Books that Cook. Baltimore Book Festival. Baltimore, Maryland. 25 September 2014.

Reading and Book Launch for Books that Cook. New York University, Fales Library. New York, New York. 24 September 2014.   

Reading for Books that Cook. Busboys & PoetsWashington, DC. 14 September 2014. [Sponsored by the SMCM English Department and the Alumni Office.]

Reading and Book Launch for Books that CookPolitics & Prose. Washington, DC. 6 September 2014. [Listen to the author talk here.]


Convocation Speaker. “Only Collaborate!” 2019 Convocation, St. Mary’s College of Maryland. St. Mary’s City, Maryland. 10 May 2019.

Featured Speaker. “Gender and Power in The Taming of the Shrew.” St. Mary’s County High School Theatre Festival. Leonardtown, Maryland. 31 January 2018.

Lecture. "Character--or Who We Are in the Dark." St. Mary's Public Libraries. Lexington Park, Maryland. 1 April 2017.

Lecture. “Recipes as Familial, Communal, and National History.” Sandy Spring Museum. Sandy Spring, Maryland. 11 September 2015. Learn more here.

Featured Speaker. “Kitchen Wisdom: Recipes as Memory, Culture, Power.” Alumni Weekend, St. Mary’s College of Maryland. St. Mary’s City, Maryland. 8 June 2013. 

Keynote. “Kitchen Wisdom: Recipes as Memory and Culture.” Women in Educational Leadership Conference. Lincoln, Nebraska. 2 October 2011. 

Keynote. “Eat my Words: Teaching Writing through the Literatures of Food.” Holder Lecture (Annual Endowed Lecture), Nebraska Wesleyan University. Lincoln, Nebraska. 30 April 2010.

Featured Speaker. “Mutton Mouths and Butter Bodies: Recipes, Memory, and Archives.” Museum Studies Week. St. Mary’s City, Maryland. 28 September 2010.

Featured Speaker. “Dead End.” The Last Lecture Series, Nitze Scholars Program, St. Mary’s College of Maryland. St. Mary’s City, Maryland. 24 April 2008.

Featured Speaker. “Eat to Live and Not to Eat: Books that Cook.” Asbury-Solomons Continuing Care Community. Solomon’s Island, Maryland. 10 May 2005.

Convocation Speaker. “Language of the Heart.” 2004 Convocation, St. Mary’s College of Maryland. St. Mary’s City, Maryland. 14 May 2004.

Featured Speaker. “The Little Lady Who Started the Great War and that One Word—Incest: Harriet Beecher Stowe's Lady Byron Vindicated.” Faculty Seminar Lecture Series, St. Mary’s College of Maryland. St. Mary’s City, Maryland 20 October 2002.


Workshops and Panels

Panel Participant. “Flesh Wounds: Plastic Surgery as Cultural Metaphor.” Female Beauty Systems Throughout the Centuries. The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies. Wassenaar, The Netherlands. 7–8 November 2013.

Panel Organizer and Participant. “Edible Poems and Other Literary Foodstuffs.” American Women Writers’ National Museum. Washington, DC. 16 August 2012. [Link to press releases here or here.]

Panel Participant. “Eat My Words:  Writing Self and Society Through Food.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, Georgia. 16 April 2011.

Workshop Facilitator. “Creative, Critical, and Compelling Class Discussions” (with Chris Adams). Teaching Excellence Seminars, St. Mary’s College of Maryland. St. Mary’s City, Maryland. 18 August 2011.

Workshop Facilitator. “The (Im)Possibility of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.” Otterbein University. Columbus, Ohio. 15 June 2010.

Workshop Facilitator. “Vampirism as Metaphor: Integrating Visual Media into the Liberal Arts Classroom.” Teaching and Learning Lunch Series, St. Mary’s College of Maryland. St. Mary’s City, Maryland. 18 November 2009.

Panel Participant. “The Embodiment of Reading Through Disembodied Communion: The Materiality of Letters between Harriet Beecher Stowe and George Eliot.” NAVSA Conference on Victorian Materialities. Victoria, British Columbia. 12 October 2007.

Panel Participant. “Consuming Words: Feminist Practice in the Literatures of Food.” Feminisms and Rhetorics. Columbus, Ohio. 23 October 2003. 

Panel Participant. “George Eliot’s Gwendolen and the American Search for a ‘Living Interest.’” South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Baltimore, Maryland. 16 November 2002.

Panel Participant. “Daniel Deronda and the Politics of American Reception.” Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writer’s Conference. Lawrence, Kansas. 17 March 2001.

Panel Participant and Session Chair. “The Encyclopedic Urge in the Late Nineteenth-Century.” Modern Language Association. Chicago, Illinois. 30 December 1999.

Panel Participant. “‘You are as Thoroughly Woman as You are English’: George Eliot, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Production of Transatlantic Literary History.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies. Columbus, Ohio. 9 April 1999.

Panel Participant. “Severing Sense from Sound: Instances of Narrative ‘Not-There’ in Gayl Jones’ Corregidora.” The Society for the Study of Narrative Literature. Columbus, Ohio. 25 April 1996.

Panel Participant. “Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: The Feminist Reader/Viewer and the Film/Text.” The Fifth Annual Virginia Woolf Conference. Columbus, Ohio. 17 June 1995.

Panel Participant. “Paganism in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Audre Lorde’s Zami.” National Women’s Studies Association. Ames, Iowa. 4 June 1995.

Creative Readings

Visiting Writer. "Food, Feminisms, and The Body.” Willamette University. Salem, Oregon. A creative reading, a workshop, and a class visit, 9–10 April 2018.

Reading for From Curlers to ChainsawsSt. Mary’s College of Maryland. St. Mary's City, Maryland. 27 October 2016.

Reading for From Curlers to ChainsawsHiram College. Hiram, Ohio. 29 September 2016.

Visiting Writer. Wordfest, Valparaiso University. Valparaiso, Illinois. 5 February 2014.

Keynote. “Re-Generating Josef Albers.” Re-Generation: An Exhibition, The Painting Center. New York, New York. 5 January 2012.

Visiting Writer. Creative Reading Series, Department of English, St. Joseph’s University. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 6 October 2011.

Featured Writer. VOICES Reading Series. St. Mary’s College of Maryland. St. Mary’s City, Maryland. 14 October 2010.

Participant. Mama PhD National Book Tour. Bluestockings Bookstore and KGB Bar, New York, New York, 20–21 October 2008; Women Studies Colloquium, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Maryland, 24 March 2009; and University of Richmond, Virginia, 8 April 2009. [Video link to University of Richmond reading.]

Featured Writer. Cheryl’s Gone Reading Series. Big Bear Café. Washington, D.C. 16 October 2008.