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Women Writers Conference Brings Major Authors to UK

By Kathy Johnson

Photo of Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jewell Parker Rhodes

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Vandana Shiva

Among the conference participants are Patricia Volk, author of a recent memoir called “Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family;” Barbara Robinette Moss, painter and creative writer, whose works include the memoir “Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter;” Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of several critically acclaimed novels and short stories including “Douglass’ Women;” Vandana Shiva, founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in India; and Vertamae Grosvenor, poet, actress, culinary anthropologist and National Public Radio correspondent.

 

March 14, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The 2003 Kentucky Women Writers Conference (KYWWC) will feature local, national and international authors who use food as a primary organizing device in their writing. The theme of the conference, set for March 27-29 at the University of Kentucky Student Center, is “A Feast of Words: Nourishing the Mind and Body.”

“We have 20 authors coming this year, making this the largest conference we’ve ever had,” said Brenda Weber, associate director of Undergraduate Studies at UK and director of the conference.

The conference is divided into three categories. “Food-for-Thought” features authors who use food as a central reference point for their work; “Food-as-Metaphor” features authors who focus on what it means to eat, to desire, to hunger and to consume; and “Food-as-Culture” features authors who use food as a way of thinking about social change and intellectual awareness.

Among the conference participants are Patricia Volk, author of a recent memoir called “Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family;” Barbara Robinette Moss, painter and creative writer, whose works include the memoir “Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter;” Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of several critically acclaimed novels and short stories including “Douglass’ Women;” Vandana Shiva, founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in India; and Vertamae Grosvenor, poet, actress, culinary anthropologist and National Public Radio correspondent.

UK professors and authors participating include Nikky Finney, Susan Bordo and Kim Edwards.

Admission costs vary for the conference, and several events, including readings and workshops, are either free or have a nominal fee. A full schedule and more information about the authors are available at www.uky.edu/Conferences/KYWWC.

In connection with the conference, the UK Student Activities Board is sponsoring a visual arts exhibit, titled “A Feast of Images,” through March 31 in the Rasdall Gallery of the UK Student Center. Five of the authors featured in the conference are visual artists and their works will be on display, including paintings, photographs, films and designs.

A special dinner is planned for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 – the night before the conference begins – at Holly Hill Inn in Midway. This fund-raising event will feature authors from the conference. Seating is limited. The cost is $65, and tickets are available only in advance by calling (859) 257-8734.


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