Meet Nicole Gulotta
Eat This Poem
Last week, Josh, my son who is in 8th grade flunked a test. It was a poetry test. When I asked him what happened he said, “he didn’t understand poetry.”
I could sympathize with him and wished he could listen to some of the poems I've loved; poems that required no translation. Like when I heard Tommy Pico read “Junk” at the Tin House Workshop. Or when I heard Billy Collins read his poem about his mother called “The Lanyard,” on the radio. It made me cry. In the car. Say his name and I am instantly back on that same stretch of street with the sun shining as it does on a mid-afternoon in fall, listening to his story one line at a time.
The only response I had for my son, was to hand him Nicole Gulotta’s book, “Eat this Poem.” He loves food and cooking and I knew he would understand the poems she selected to include in her first book, a collection of poetry and recipes.
When I read Nicole’s book, I’m transported to a kitchen that is calming and peaceful. The poems tell stories of rejuvenation and families, of new dreams realized and time passing. Each poem is perfect in its way and perfect as a part of a collection that’s at home in a cookbook. I’m curious how Nicole selected these specific poems and the recipes they inspired, which I’ll ask her about at the Book Fest.
And I won’t be the only one asking the questions. Chef Sarah Scott will ask Nicole about how she balances her culinary and literary aspirations, how she managed the failures every recipe writer encounters and how she started each recipe again.
I hope you’ll be there to hear her answers.
Saturday, October 6, 2018. Book Fair is free. Authors in conversation is $7.50. Tickets are required. www.napavallleybookfest.com.
Learn more about Nicole here.