CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Calling all cooks, eaters, gardeners, storytellers, and poets!

Simmer and Stir: Food, Culture, and Storytelling is a virtual event of storytelling and connection where we share vivid memories of our favorite foods. This event is a collaboration between the Penn Food and Wellness CollaborativeNatives at Penn, and the Pan-AsianAmerican Community House.

A warm meal can be so much more than just calories - it is a way to come together with friends and families, to honor our ancestors, to express love and care. For students of color, culinary traditions may be especially meaningful as a taste of home. COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges including social isolation, and many of us are pining for all those meals with loved ones that we once took for granted. Although we can't share a meal together in-person this semester, join us virtually to honor these meals through another sacred tradition- storytelling. 

We are currently accepting submissions from students, faculty, and staff who would like to share a story at the event.

Submissions can be:

  • a written document (e.g. essay)
  • voice recording
  • video recording 
  • Please make sure your story is no longer than 5 minutes.
The deadline for submissions is April 9, 2021.
Submit entries at

Storytellers will be asked to perform their story live via Zoom on the night of the event (TBD: between April 20-22). It’s ok if what you have is a draft- we will let you know if your story was selected by April 13 so storytellers will have plenty of time to finalize their pieces by the event. 

For more information, click HERE