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  • Basilica Hudson 110 Front Street Hudson, NY (map)

Saturday, July 30 | 5 – 11PM, Doors open at 4PM

READ & FEED // A new festival for food and literature in partnership with CLMP (Community of Literary Magazines and Presses)


BUY TICKETS HERE: / $20 in advance, $25 at the door //

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.

Basilica Hudson and CLMP (Community for Literary Magazines and Presses), present READ & FEED, a new festival for food and literature. This projected annual event brings 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



// 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 SimpleCooking 1-2-3, and many others). 

// “Reading, Drinking, Eating, Writing” will explore food as a language, and will be moderated by author, mixologist, fortune-teller, teacher extraordinaire Rosie Schapp (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 Schecter (Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal).


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.


The READ & FEED Marketplace, in addition to featuring scrumptious things to eat there and delicious food products from Chaseholm FarmsRaven & BoarHudson Standard, Moto 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 Europa Editions, Conjunctions, Nightboat Books, The Song Cave, Fence, and many, many more. Spotty Dog Books & Ale will also provide books by many of the featured authors and a chance to have them signed. 

Come hungry and ready to read! And stay tuned for more details. 


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 CLMP

CLMP—the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses—ensures the vitality of small literary publishers and communicates the art of literary publishing to readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, educators, funders, and other literary stakeholders. CLMP believes that small publishers make up an underserved, uniquely vulnerable and essential field that connects the greatest diversity of writers to equally diverse communities of readers. Since 1967, CLMP has worked to bring small literary publishers together to form a mutually supportive community that is often at the vanguard of progress. CLMP, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides technical assistance, facilitates peer-to-peer learning and group action, and builds bridges to connect diverse communities of literary stakeholders.

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.

Earlier Event: July 30
Later Event: July 31