Yes, there is barbecue, but that’s just one course of the meal. With Vinegar and Char, the Southern Foodways Alliance celebrates 20 years of symposia by offering a collection of poems that are by turns as sophisticated and complex, as vivid and funny, and as buoyant and poignant as any SFA gathering.
The roster of contributors includes Natasha Trethewey, Robert Morgan, Atsuro Riley, Adrienne Su, Richard Blanco, Ed Madden, Nikky Finney, Frank X Walker, Sheryl St. Germain, Molly
McCully Brown and 45 more.
These poets represent past, current and future conversations about what it means to be Southern.
Throughout the anthology, the region is layered with race, class and other shaping identities.
Meant to be savored slowly or devoured at once, these pages are a perfect way to spend the hour before supper, with a glass of iced tea, and a fitting celebration of the SFA’s focus and community.