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COMING TUESDAY APRIL 20TH, 2021
Join a conversation with Chef-Author, Jamie Sparks, about her new cookbook : Fooding – A Chef’s Journey Through Food, Farms and Community on Martha’s Vineyard.
Joining her is
•Brian Athearn – President of the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society and owner/farmer at Runamok Farm.
• Dan and Greg Martino – Cottage City Oysters
• Heidi Feldman – Martha’s Vineyard Salt
• Tim and Tricia Colon – The Island Bee Company
Jamie found herself working as a private chef on Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 2019, after having just published her first cookbook. She became enthralled by the vibrant local farming community and the shared ethos amongst its members. The book soon evolved into a journey Jamie set out on to meet farmers and members of the community, with recipes and stories paying homage to them through the words in her book.
Jamie’s first cook book – Tchad: Cooking for Conservation, A Gastronomic Safari was published in 2018. Beginning in 2015, Jamie’s passion for culinary arts became closely aligned with her philanthropic commitment to Africa’s wildlife. This landed her in Zakouma National Park, where the Tchadian government was working in collaboration with the US-based NGO, African Parks, to protect the habitat and struggling elephant population in the south. Tchad is surrounded by Libya, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic and Sudan, many engaged in, or still recovering from disabling civil wars.
Jamie spent years understanding the cuisine of the region, and by 2018 had trained a new generation of Tchadian chefs, using local ingredients and honoring their heritage.
From her desert kitchen she created an original, beautifully illustrated 350 page book – with 100% of the profits earned from sales given back to African Parks. She recounts the challenges she faced during the first season at Camp Nomade; cooking on an open fire, limited refrigerator space, extreme heat, and rusty French language skills.
Jamie Sparks graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris 2006 and has since worked across the globe. She has completed internships in well-known Michelin-rated restaurants, worked at famous eateries in Las Vegas, and cooked on some of the world’s most luxurious yachts, and worked in private homes. Jamie was born in the United States but now calls thinks of Africa as her home. She finds joy in training local chefs in advanced cooking techniques and inspiring and motivating them to raise their standards. Her passion for conservation, and seeing first-hand the positive effects of proper management in far-flung corners of the African continent, motivates her to allocate most all of the profits from the sales of her first book to organizations that make a difference in protecting these special places where wildlife can thrive. Working with a conservation organization has piqued her interest in how we as a society can lead more conservation-minded lives and how to spread the word outside of our own micro-communities.
Previous published book
Cooking for Conservation – A Gastronomic Safari
COMING APRIL 27th & MAY 11th
READINGS BY THE CLEAVELAND HOUSE POETS
READERS FOR APRIL 27TH WILL BE
Francesca Kelly is a Jack of All Trades, artist, and choreographer of Equestrian Theatre. This group of poems is dedicated to her daughters Melissa and Amber, her grand-daughter Anouk, and a dear friend John Harwood, who has always encouraged and loved her writing. She thanks you with all her heart.
Christopher Legge is a grateful member of Cleaveland House Poets, and has been honing his unique genre of “Story poetry” for years. Many of his poems are taken from the sights and scenes of the gift that is living on the Vineyard. As well, Chris lets in the embers of the Olde Country, burning bright with deep gratitude. Chris is very close to publishing his own book of stories, A Whither in the Twile, a collection of rhythm and rhyme.
Brooks Robards wrote her first poem in third grade, then exploded into life as a poet while working on an M.A. in English at the University of Hartford. She has been writing poetry regularly ever since, producing five collections in collaboration with visual artists. After earning a PhD in Communication at UMass/Amherst, Brooks taught journalism, film and women’s studies at Westfield (MA) State University for 21 years. Five of her 15 publications are poetry. Brooks lives in Northampton, MA, and spends the summer months on Martha’s Vineyard. The natural world is frequently the theme she pursues.
Valerie Sonnenthal started writing poetry at age 12 after finding a small notebook on a dusty California road, something she has never stopped carrying with her. When she moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 2005 she was fortunate to be invited to join the Cleaveland House Poets. She has had the pleasure of participating in poetry readings at the MV Playhouse, Pathways Arts, and local libraries. Her poems have appeared in the MV Times, Rattle, and two previous Cleaveland House Poetry books. She is a regular contributor to the MV Times, The Local and MV Arts & Ideas Magazine. She owns Peaked Hill Studio, teaches biomechanical yoga, and offers sound healing. Valerie lives in Chilmark with her family and beloved dogs.
Ellen Martin Story began enjoying Vineyard life as a small child and has been writing poetry for over 40 years. She is a resident of Oak Bluffs, where she and her husband retired in 2014. Previously, she was a Human Resources administrator for the MBTA. In addition to the Cleaveland House Poets, she is a member of Zora’s Girls, a Boston area writing group, and has had the great benefit of writing instruction from Boston’s Grub Street. Several of her poems have been published in the Martha’s Vineyard Times, and she has read at the MV Playhouse Poetry Café, as well as PathwaysArts. She is thankful to have been welcomed into the Cleaveland House Poets and excited to be a part of the upcoming 2021 Anthology.
Jennifer Smith Turner is an award winning author. Her debut novel, Child Bridewas awarded the Best E-book for 2020 by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and Biblioboard, and a Best Book in Women’s Fiction by the New York City Big Book Awards. She is the author of two poetry books; Lost and Found Rhyming Verse Honoring African American Heroesand Perennial Secrets Poetry & Prose. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications. Ms. Turner served as the Acting President/CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation, where she is a Board member. She is the retired CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. During her professional career she served as an appointed government official for the State of Connecticut, and the City of Hartford as a corporate and non-profit executive, as well as a member of many academic and non-profit Boards of Directors. She received a BA from Union College, and her Masters from Fairfield University. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Hartford.
Tuesday March 30th, 2021
MV Poets Collective Members Read
NEW BOOKS FROM PathwaysARTS PARTICIPANTS
Jennifer Smith Turner — Child Bride, receives national recognition through the NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD®!
WE CONGRATULATE FAN OGILVIE ON ANOTHER BOOK OF POETRY PUBLISHED.
CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO SEE READINGS FROM THIS BOOK BY FAN
We congratulate Amarylis Douglass on the publishing of her book,
‘Fellowship Of The Rain‘
Winner of the 2020 Blue Light Press Award, this book is the product
of a four-year project; poems “of witness to the epidemic of homelessness,”
“unforgettable portraits of Americans… for whom
the word recovery has not applied,” those who find a place to sleep
each night, outside.
Proceeds from the sales will be shared with “Street Roots”,
in Portland, Oregon
Watch this Video From Gyn McAllister who writes of waking up as a cockroach in her own apartment
Video Companion to the Single “Noticed,” from Blue, Blue Box, by Rachel Elion Baird. This is a parody on a Spaghetti Western. In the hands of women, we make love, not war, or maybe, we just dance…
Many thanks to all in this video. It was an amazing and fun process with talented filmmakers, wonderful cast and crew, a real cowboy and his amazing horse.
PROMPTS FOR OUR ZOOM WRITING & POETRY READINGS ON JUNE 16th
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