TODD KLIMAN Panelist
EVENTS: Impolite Conversation
CURRENTLY: Author, Essayist, Critic, Professor
WHY HE IS AMAZING: Todd's writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Harper's, The Oxford American, The Daily Beast and Lucky Peach. He is the recipient of two James Beard Foundation Awards, most recently the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award for his autobiography in seven meals, and his stories and essays have been widely anthologized, including six times in The Best Food Writing series. He is the author of The Wild Vine, a work of narrative non-fiction about a transgendered multi-millionaire woman on an obsessive quest to restore the legend of a suicidal antebellum doctor who achieved what Thomas Jefferson had tried and failed to do. The Washington Post called it a "fascinating story, complex and with a haunting finish," while The Richmond Times-Dispatch hailed it as "an outstanding piece of literature." For ten years Kliman taught literature and writing at American University and Howard University. At Howard, he was also the editorial director of Chris Rock's magazine of satire, The Illtop Journal, modeled after The Harvard Lampoon. In addition to writing and teaching, Kliman is also a radio talk show host, occasionally filling in on the Kojo Nnamdi Show in Washington, D.C. In December, he began hosting and moderating a popular series of salon-style conversations about culture and ideas. His next book is Happiness Is Otherwise, an exploration of love, loss, identity, art, memory, and despair. He lives with his wife, Ellen, and their two young sons, Jesse and Theo, just outside of Washington, D.C.
LAST NIGHT ON EARTH HE’S EATING IN: New Orleans