Three Squares and a Poem

Poets have used food as a jump-off to plumb childhood memories, love and all its complications, social class and even politics. With its beauty and endless associations, food can be a metaphor for anything. In Three Squares and a Poem, we’ll start with playful prompts and assignments that are aimed to move us out of the kitchen and into deeper truths about ourselves and the world we live in.

When the workshop concludes, students will have gathered the ingredients for four poems—amuse bouche to dessert—that just need a little seasoning to complete.

Teaching Artist: Tina Barry
Four weeks / $200

Tina Barry is an avid cook, cookbook reader and, from 2001-2008, served as the restaurant critic for the Brooklyn Paper, her favorite job so far. Two pieces in Mall Flower, Barry’s book of poems and short fiction (Big Table Publishing, 2015), received Pushcart Prize nominates; one won a place in The Best Short Fiction 2016 anthology (Queens Ferry Press). Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines, as well as literary publications such as Drunken Boat; Elimae; and MadHat Lit; and the anthologies Exposure; Veils, Halos and Shackles; and Red Sky. She is a Best of the Net nominee. In 2014, Barry received her M.F.A. in creative writing at Long Island University, Brooklyn. Find her at