I’m looking for a few good writers to share their work at the inaugural Drink.Think reading event on October 5!
Let me explain what kind of writing we’re looking for…by explaining my inspiration behind the event.
I’ve been writing about spirits, and cocktails, and food & wine for a few years now. There are ample opportunities to write utilitarian product pieces, reviews, profiles, and drink recipes, but few showcases for narrative beverage writing. I’m talking about first-person essays. Narrative non-fiction. Humor. Even poetry. So I’m providing a showcase myself.
A few years back, my friend David Leite of Leite’s Culinaria hosted a similar experiment, called “Talking With Our Mouths Full.” I was one of the readers — still green and barely audible with stage fright! — alongside luminaries such as Kat Flinn, who read a chapter from her now-famous but then not-yet-published book, “The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry,” James Sturz, Elissa Altman, JJ Goode, and Gary Allen (the link takes you to the actual reading from that evening, how cool is that?) I never forgot the experience of hearing food writing read aloud — the poetic cadence, the dramatic pauses, and hearing (and watching) the audience laugh, nod agreement and respond. It was a heady experience.
I’ve also been inspired by the (all too occasional) beverage pieces spotted in the annual “Best Food Writing” anthology and industry award shortlists (like this essay on Gin & Tonics), the brilliant (but all too short-lived) Proof blog run by the New York Times, blogs such as Drinking Diaries, which sometimes includes provocative personal essays on topics like parenting and drinking, and magazines wth literary and culinary leanings, such as Gastronomica, Saveur, and Oxford American.
So….do you feel like you have a better idea of what we’re looking for? Creative writing – about beverages. Wine, spirits, even water. Your first a-ha moment with a drink. Why the scent of sasparilla reminds you of your dad’s aftershave. Your personal adventure in brewing or distilling. What “thirsty” means to you. What happened during that crazy bartending shift you all swore never to talk about. You get the picture. (and if not — ask me!)
What beverage writing would you like to share with the world? E-mail me at kara DOT newman AT yahoo DOT com, and let me know. I look forward to hearing from you!