In Love with Words, Landscape, Art, Food, Gardens
Paula Panich is a Los Angeles-based food, garden, and landscape writer who has contributed to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Gastronomica and other publications. She is author of Cultivating Words: The Guide to Writing about the Plants and Gardens You Love, and other books. Her latest, The Cook, the Landlord, the Countess and Her Lover, is a collection of memoir-ish culinary essays. Oh, and a novel set in 1932 Hollywood too.
She loves to teach writing, and especially loves to hear the voices of people as they awaken to their love for and deep connection to place. These voices can only help our world — and ourselves — survive.
Both consciously and subconsciously, my writing has been deeply informed by the land with a sense of place. In some important way, place determines who and what we are. This land-person equation is essential to writing, to all of literature.
~ N. Scott Momaday
Whether or not you succeed is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.
~ Georgia O’Keeffe
What are the Elements of the Cuisine of New Mexico? First post from the weekend’s FUZE-SW Food + Folklore Festival in Santa Fe: http://bit.ly/1aWFqZ1
Interview with Paula Panich on ArtPlantae Today: http://artplantaetoday.com (best to use search box)
Follow Paula on Instagram at paulap2.
On the at play in l.a. blog please find a two new pieces on the fine writer and California peach farmer, David Mas Masumoto. The first is a review of his work, the second an interview that took place in May. Both are reprinted from the Summer 2013 issue of Eden, the journal of the California Garden and Landscape History Society (www.cglhs.org). Interviewing Mas was a transcendent experience. Read it and you’ll see why.
Mountain Stories is a new series. The mountains in question are the San Jacintos, above Palm Springs. You might have heard about them in July of this year; it’s where the Mountain Fire burned 27, 500 acres, and would likely have consumed our little town, Idyllwild, population 3,000, had not a good rain intervened.
Paula Panich been teaching since she was twenty-one; and has been teaching writing since 1999 at institutions from the New York Botanical Garden to the Getty Center, and from Boston University to the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program.
2014 Workshops (So far!)
Seeing is the Seed: Exploring the Los Angeles County Arboretum (and a place of your own!) with Words on Paper
Sunday, January 26 and Sunday, February 9, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden
301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, Calif.
Cost: $70 for both meetings/$60 Arboretum members
What: The workshop is open to all; you don’t have to consider yourself a writer. It’s about the deep connection between storytelling and landscape (plants, too) –essential for thinking about our own places in the world. This will be a fun and enriching activity — you will not be put on the spot to share your words on paper! But it will be a chance for you to find some surprising things within yourself. How do we live in place with a full heart?
For more information, write to email@example.com. Please put “writing workshop” in the subject box of your e-mail.
Walking Santa Fe: Place, Plants, Spirit, Food
~A Writing Workshop~
November 13-15, 2014
Please join Paula Panich for a writing workshop based on the sights, smells, taste, and spirit of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Founded in 1610, the city sits amid the natural beauty of Northern New Mexico; it has a deep and rich history braided by the traditions and beliefs of the three cultures now at home here.
Details found here:
(Photo of Paula Panich on Kachemak Bay, Alaska: Ilana Panich-Linsman, www.ilanapl.com)