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(SOLD OUT) The Power of Food Imagery in Poetry: A Virtual Generative Poetry Class

June 2nd-June 30th

(10 am PST - 11:45 am PST)  (1 pm - 2:45 pm EST

Week 1: Grounded in the Garden - Food and Image (June 2nd) 

Week 2: Sizzling Syntax - The Language of Food (June 9th)

Week 3: Offerings - Food and Connection (June 16th) 

Week 4: Eating with Ghosts (June 23rd)

Week 5: Food and Celebration (June 30th) 


Through this course, we will explore the ways food imagery is used throughout poetry to engage, delight, and deepen meaning. We will look closely at poems like Li-Young Lee’s “Eating Alone” and Ellen Bass’s “Sous Chef.” Together we will unpack how the description of food adds depth to poems. 


This course will explore how you can engage with the physical world around you to bring food to life in your poems. Through discussion of craft, you will learn how to incorporate food imagery into your practice. You will leave the class having written poems that are rich in scent, texture, taste, and most importantly meaning, all things that come out of the sharing of meals.

Tech: Each session will be facilitated through Zoom, an online video-conferencing platform. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, I would be happy to host a practice call with you before the first session.


Readings: All readings (craft essays and poems) will be sent weekly via email.


Cost: $200 for five weeks of workshop


I want this class to be accessible to all who would like to participate. If you’d like to sponsor a person in need, please contact me at

Registration: Please send any inquiries about the course through the registration box below. To register for the class fill out the box below and submit payment. 

Payment: To claim a spot in the class, you must pay the $200 fee before the first session via Paypal or Venmo



Venmo: @Melanie-Tafejian


Cancellations / Refunds: If you need to cancel, please let me know at least three days before the first class session, and I will refund your workshop fee. No refunds for cancellations after the first session. 

















Past Courses: 

Poetry 2 with Redbud Writing Project

Intro to Poetry with Redbud Writing Project

Micro Fiction with Redbud Writing Project

Eco-Poetry with Redbud Writing Project 

Memoir 1 with Redbud Writing Project

Intro to Poetry 

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"The mind acts, the mind wills a poem, often against our own will; somehow this happens, somehow a poem gets written in the middle of a chaotic holiday party that has just run out of ice, and it’s your house." - Mary Ruefle, "On Beginnings" 

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