The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Writing through Food with Susan Nguyen

Date(s): Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Basha, Old Main (view map)
Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Memoir, Mixed Genre, Poetry, Short Stories
Tags: Food, Memory, Childhood, Culture, Politics

About the Session

From our dinner plates to Netflix specials like Ugly Delicious, food is everywhere. We care about food not only because it nourishes our bodies, but also because it allows us to access intimate parts of our lives and memories: our childhood, family, culture, community, and politics. Food is an important part of storytelling and vital to how we understand ourselves and our communities—that's why shows like Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown are so popular. In this session, attendees will explore memories associated with food and will leave with ideas to write about those significant experiences in a compelling way.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Susan Nguyen

Susan Nguyen hails from Virginia but currently lives and writes in Arizona. She received her MFA in poetry from Arziona State University. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the Aleida Rodriguez Memorial Award. In 2018, she was featured on PBS NewsHour as "one of three women poets to watch" and she was a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Her work has appeared in Tin House, diagram, and others. You can find her at