SWET Talk Shop via Zoom: Working across Media
Journalism in Writing, Audio, and Drawings with Hannah Kirshner
Moderator: Zackary Kaplan
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022
Discussion, followed by Q&A
A wonderful conversation with Hannah Kirshner, the author of Water, Wood, and Wild Things, was held to discuss her book—a captivating written and illustrated account of craft, cultivation, and tradition seen through the lives of the people of Yamanaka, Ishikawa prefecture. The book will be celebrating its first anniversary of publication from Viking Press, and came out in paperback March 29. Kirshner talked about the behind-the-scenes process of pitching the book and tying together interviews, research, recipes, and illustrations for the final publication, among many other topics. She spoke about her freelance work, including writing for the New York Times and her recent entry into the world of audio journalism as both a writer and producer.
Hannah Kirshner is a writer, artist, and food stylist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Saveur, Taste, Food52, Roads & Kingdoms, and Atlas Obscura, among others. She is the author of Water, Wood, and Wild Things. Kirshner grew up on a small farm outside Seattle, and studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. She divides her time between Brooklyn and rural Ishikawa prefecture, Japan.
Zackary Kaplan is a freelance translator based in Niigata prefecture. He specializes in art, traditional crafts, and cuisine. He also engages in creative consulting for local businesses in Niigata.