Where food, poetry, and stories steep like a good cup of tea.

meet nicole gulotta

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I'm a writer in search of a good story and a good meal.

Ultimately, my decade-long background in the social sector (including grantmaking, fundraising, program management, content development, and social media marketing) is about storytelling and helping people engage with organizations in a personal and meaningful way.

I received an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2011, I founded The Giving Table, a website that empowers everyone to change the food system. I am currently eating my way through Los Angeles, where I live with my husband and French bulldog.

email: eatthispoem (at) gmail (dot) com

Some Blog History

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When I graduated  with an MFA in poetry in 2007, I wasted no time visiting the nearest Williams-Sonoma to purchase a dune-colored Le Creuset Dutch oven with the graduation money I received from my parents. I didn't recognize the significance at the time, but food was beginning to emerge as a driving force in my life. I soon launched the food blog Cooking After Five, and wrote it for almost four years before poetry tugged on my spirit again.

Eat This Poem launched in January 2012 as a way to fuse two of my passions, food and writing. I hope you'll stay a while (preferably with a hot mug of tea or coffee in hand) as we explore how poetry moves from page to plate, and inspires our palates along the way.

If you're the creative type, you might enjoy my email newsletter, the Right Brains Society

*All recipes are my own unless otherwise noted.

News & Accolades

"Love to eat? Love to read? The two don't have to go hand in hand, but in this case the two traits make for delicious city guides." —Los Angeles Times, "EatThisPoem.com recommends foodie stops and food for thought" (3/1/15)

"English majors, rejoice! Nicole Gulotta of Eat This Poem curates literary city guides; consider them your field guide to the best bookstores, coffee shops, places to have a proper meal and other fun finds." —Travel Channel, "Our Favorite Travel Blogs for 2015" (2/22/15)

"Nicole Gulotta works with local writers to highlight the best bookstores, reading nooks, and restaurants for the traveling bookworm who has an appetite for both food and fiction." —Fathom, "24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites for 2015" (1/14/15)

"If you're after a meal inspired by poetry, then US poet Nicole Gulotta's Eat This Poem blog has a pantry-full of them." —The Guardian, "Can Shakespeare and Keats Address Today's Food Security Challenges?" (5/1/14)

"With beautiful photography, meaningful content about food and poetry (or, sometimes, writing in general), and a recipe tie-in, the blog is fantastic. But even better is the Right Brains Society, her newsletter that comes direct to your inbox." —Food Riot, "Foodie Newsletters You Should Subscribe to" (4/24/14)

"Her focused analysis of the poems (in the way that only a creative writing grad can do) and careful consideration of the recipes to follow is inspiring." —Gather Journal, Eat This Poem (1/8/13)

"Gulotta’s blog is striking in an unfussy way — quaint, like reading poetry from hardbound books while sipping tea."—Arizona Daily Wildcat, "Eat This Poem creator mixes wordplay with food play" (10/1/12)

"The poem now lives on and off the page." —Food & Think Blog, Smithsonian Magazine, "From the Page to Plate: Bringing Literary Dishes to Life" (8/20/12)

"She is at her best, and the connections most interesting, when she is inspired by a poem that contains a direct reference to a foodstuff."Food As Art, The Guardian (8/3/12)

"Nicole serves up poetic analysis, personal anecdotes, and some killer recipes.""Two Blogs for Chefs and Poets Alike," Poetry Foundation Blog (7/6/12)

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"With insightful and eloquent posts, a well-curated selection of poetry, and delicious original recipes, we are thoroughly taken with her unique approach to food blogging." —Saveur, Sites We Love (7/5/12)

"We're happy to introduce you to a fabulous food blogger..." —Alimentum Journal, Food Blog Favs (7/1/12)

"Eat This Poem is written by Nicole Gulotta who has an MFA in poetry enabling her to marry beautiful words with delicious food." —Christian Science Monitor, Stir it Up! (6/28/12)

"So far the blog is very new, but it's already charmed its way into my heart." —The Kitchn, Food Blog Spotlight: Eat This Poem (2/1/12)

Publicatons & Guest Posts

Life & Thyme Issue One: A Virtuous Fish (3/3/15)

Life & Thyme: Street Food Diaries: Bangkok (1/16/14)

Positive Writer: 10 Ways to Leave Your Comfort Zone and Write (2/12/14)

Tweetspeak: Eating and Drinking Poems: Ode to the Onion (1/16/14)

Life & Thyme: Bottling Simplicity: Almond Milk LA (1/7/14)

Life & Thyme: Eat Local: Good Eggs LA (12/20/13)

Life & Thyme, Essay: A Suitcase Full of Recipes (12/6/13)

Positive Writer, Guest Post: Three Ways Commuting can Enhance Your Creativity (11/27/13)

Positive Writer, Guest Post: 4 Lessons Distance Running Can Teach You About Writing (9/4/13) 

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Blog, Guest Post: How to Start a Foundation Book Club (9/3/13) 

Positive Writer, Guest Post: How Twitter Lists can Help Build Your Network + 8 Lists to Create Now (7/25/13) 

The Vanilla Bean Blog, Guest Post: Corn and Poblano Orzo (7/18/13) 

Positive Writer, Guest Post: Why a Three-Day Distraction Cleanse Will Jump-Start Your Writing (6/17/13)

Food Loves Writing, Guest Post: The Cure for Creative Roadblocks (5/26/13)

Life & Thyme: Prosciutto + Basil Pizza Plus a Poem (5/3/13)

Turntable Kitchen, Guest Post: "A Haiku + Baby Chard, White Bean and Anchovy Crostini" (3/4/13)

The Food Poet, Guest Post: "On Leaving the Bachelorette Brunch by Rachel Wetzsteon and Sesame Crackers with Smoked Salmon and Chive Creme Fraiche," (2/25/13)

Good Food Stories, "(Wood) Fired Up for Lunch at Oakland's Camino" (2/4/13)

Jama's Alphabet Soup, Guest Post (1/25/13)

Christian Science Monitor: "Ripe for a Bagel Spread," (online and print editions; 4/12/12)

Remedy Quarterly, "The Global Table," (Issue 5, 2011)

Migration published by Iowa State University Press/ Winner, flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment chapbook contest (2009)

Winner, California Writer's Club poetry contest for "La Jolla" (2008)

*Poetry published in The Allegheny Review, The Portland Review, Georgetown Review, Journal of Ekphrasis, The Birmingham Review, Natural Bridge, and Spectrum, among others.


Los Angeles Times: EatThisPoem.com recommends foodie stops and food for thought (3/1/15)

Travel Channel: Our Favorite Travel Blogs for 2015 (2/22/15)

SBS Food Australia: Fringe Foodies: Eat This Poem (1/18/15)

Fathom: 24 Best Travel Blogs of 2015 (1/14/15)

I Believe In Story: Friday Feature - Literary City Guides (1/31/14)

PsychCentral, How I Create: Q&A with writer Nicole Gulotta (9/16/13) 

The Next Course, Chatting with Nicole from Eat This Poem (8/22/13) 

Paper/Plates Blog, At the Table With... (8/7/13) 

Page to Plate: 3 Great Literary Food Blogs, We Recommend (7/12/13)

Kinfolk Magazine Blog, Spring Reads (5/10/13)

X City Life (3/20/13)

My Best Friend's Recipe: Lentil Stew, ArchetypeMe (2/15/13)

Ingredient of the Week: Butternut Squash, O Canada (1/15/13)

Real Simple, Simply Stated blog (11/5/10), Contributor