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Saturday, July 30, 2016 | 5 – 11PM

$20 in advance | $25 at the door (based on availability)


Come hungry and ready to read! 

Tickets include all panel discussions, readings, demos, access to the marketplace and special tastings, plus a $5 voucher that can be used towards any book or magazine purchase at the event. 


Join us on the last Saturday in July for our inaugural food & literature festival organized in partnership with Basilica Hudson. READ & FEED launches a projected annual event bringing together artisanal makers of food with artisanal makers of literature.

This inaugural “mini-festival” will feature panel discussions bringing together writers, farmers and chefs, cooking and mixology demonstrations, a marathon reading of John Cage’s Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse), and a marketplace featuring more than twenty small press publishers and artisanal food makers, plus spectacular eats and drinks. Much of READ & FEED will be broadcast live on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley and streamed online at wavefarm.org.

Read more about READ & FEED in Huffington Post!


For additional details, visit basilicahudson.org/read-feed

Panel Discussions & Demos

Legendary authors Lydia Davis (Can’t and Won’t: Stories) and Lynne Tillman (What Would Lynne Tillman Do?) will engage with each other and the audience in a wine tasting led by oenophile and power reader Michael Albin of Hudson Wine Merchants.

“Food, Farming, and Spirituality,” will feature celebrity chef and cookbook author Zak Pelaccio (Fish & Game, Eat With Your Hands), author Marie Mutsuki Mockett (Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye), and organic farmer Sarah Chase (Chaseholm Farm), in conversation with renowned chef, cookbook author, and end-of-life doula Rozanne Gold (Radically Simple, Cooking 1-2-3, and many others).

“Reading, Drinking, Eating, Writing” will explore food as a language, and will be moderated by author, columnist, bartender Rosie Schaap (Drinking with Men, New York Times “Drinking” columnist) and feature award-winning poet and President of the Poetry Society of America, Kimiko Hahn (Brain Fever: Poems), author and “urban forager” Ava Chin (Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal), and true crime writer and serial killer specialist Harold Schechter (Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal).

Demonstration and tasting by chef and cooking instructor Myra Kornfeld and poet, scholar and professor Stephen Massimilla, authors of Cooking with the Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare (Tupelo, 2016).

Marathon John Cage Reading

In collaboration with the John Cage Trust, an all-star cast of readers, including poet Bernadette Mayer, Magnetic Fields leader and songwriter Stephin Merritt, master puppeteer Dan Hurlin, jazz pianist Marilyn Crispell, and many others, will perform a marathon reading of John Cage’s Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse), from a newly published edition by Siglio Press printed in multiple texts and fonts; the readers will change with every one of these changes, sometimes reading only a single word at a time. Other Marathon readers include: Roger Berkowitz, Anselm Berrigan, Lee Ann Brown,  Brian Dewan, Kyle Gann, Peter Gizzi, Philip Good, Erica Kaufman, Dave King, Richard Kraft, Laura Kuhn, Jeffrey Lependorf, Rachel Levitsky, Maria Manhattan, Debby Mayer, Anna Moschovakis, Will Nixon, George Quasha, Joan Retallack, and Matvei Yankelevich

Poetry for One
Have a poet or literary editor read a single poem to you aloud, in a private room, and then be handed a copy of the poem to take home. Readers include Lee Ann Brown, Rebecca Wolff, Paul Legault, Sam Truitt, Micaela Morissette, Krystal Languell, and others.


The READ & FEED Marketplace, in addition to featuring scrumptious things to eat there and delicious food products from Copper Sea DistillingChaseholm Farms, Raven & Boar, Hudson StandardMarble Head Salt, Maple Leaf SugaringStone Bridge CiderMoto Coffee Machine and others, will have literary books and magazines, as well as cookbooks, available from some of America’s very best small press and literary magazine publishers, including Belladonna*Archipelago BooksBlack Square Editions, Community of Literary Magazines and Presse, Conjunction, Europa Edition, Fence Books & Fence, Greenwich Letterpress, jubilat / Factory Hollow PressHosta Hill, Literary Hub, The Mantle, McPherson & Co., Nightboat Books, PAJ Publications, Princeton University Architectural Press, Publication Studio, Siglio Press, The Song Cave, Station Hill Press, Tender Buttons PressTupelo, Ugly Duckling Presse, and more. Spotty Dog Books & Ale will also provide books by many of the featured authors and a chance to have them signed.


READ & FEED is organized by Basilica Hudson in partnership with CLMP (Community of Literary Magazines and Presses), and with the collaboration of the John Cage Trust. Amazon Literary Partnerships has generously provided partial support for the event.

About the John Cage Trust 

The John Cage Trust was established in 1993 as a not-for-profit institution to gather together, organize, preserve, disseminate, and generally further the work of the late American composer, John Cage. The Trust functions as both a business concern and an archive and repository for Cage’s work, and also works closely with others in the promotion and placement of Cage’s work.

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