The Queue: Korsha Wilson

The Queue: Korsha Wilson

Discover what individuals from our craft community are into right now.

Published on Sunday, June 14, 2020.
Portrait of Korsha Wilson

↑ Food writer and host of the podcast A Hungry Society Korsha Wilson is featured in an interview in the June/July 2020 issue of American Craft.
Portrait: Celeste Noche

 

The Queue: Kitchen Table Series

A weekly roundup for and by the craft community, the Kitchen Table series of The Queue introduces you to the makers, writers, curators, and more featured in the most recent issue of American Craft. We invite them to share their shortlist of exciting projects, people to follow, and content to consume to help you stay dialed into what's hot in the world of making.

Korsha Wilson on honoring kitchen innovators and the power of the collective voice

Korsha Wilson is a food writer and host of the weekly podcast A Hungry Society, which explores the intersection of race, class, and gender in dining and culinary spaces and communities. Read more about Korsha in "Thinking with your Hands," an interview between her and American Craft Council board member Sarah K. Khan in the June/July 2020 issue of American Craft.
@korshawilson @ahungrysociety

Fiore Di Nonno illustration by Dan Bransfield

"Thinking with your Hands" explores the relationship between craft and cooking and the lessons to be learned in the ways we make, share, and savor.

How would you describe your work or practice in 50 words or less?
I’m a food writer who is fascinated by dining, race, class, gender, and food media. I also host a podcast called A Hungry Society where I have conversations with incredibly talented people in the food world who I think aren’t getting enough attention.

How are you staying healthy and finding balance during the COVID-19 breakout, both personally and professionally?
It’s been hard, but I’ve tried to retain perspective by taking breaks during my work days and limiting the amount of time I spend on social media. I’ve also been getting back into yoga, meditation, and taking walks after dinner.

What are your thoughts on the relationship between craft and food?
The craft of many people whose names we don’t know and never will know has informed the food and dishes we love the most. The connection between craft and food may be lessened the more and more we consume convenient food, but we all know when something is made well with care and love. In my work, I try to honor the craftsmen and women who have shaped the way that we eat and leave documentation of their work for future generations.

Cover image for African American Making the Nations Table Exhibition

What’s an exhibition or art project you think the world should know about?
I’ve been excitedly anticipating the Museum of Food & Drink’s "African/American: Making the Nation’s Table" exhibition that was supposed to debut in Harlem in March but was pushed back after the COVID-19 crisis hit. The exhibit is going to document the many ways enslaved Africans and freed people contributed to creating America’s foods.

What podcast should we be listening to right now?
I would say my own podcast, A Hungry Society, which talks to people about this current moment. I would also say Brené Brown’s podcast Unlocking Us on empathy, compassion, and growing as people.

Hungry Society Podcast Logo Unlocking Us Podcast Logo

What’s your favorite social media post you’ve seen recently?
I can’t pick just one, so I would say the power of the collective voice we’re seeing with BIPOC speaking up about being mistreated by media organizations. It’s really inspiring to see.

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