Four writers (along with special guests) rhapsodize on the joys and pitfalls of craft; grumble over proper grammar and usage; and, when their chosen life paths become rutted, devise and share culinary escape plans–otherwise known as recipes.
A note to the curious: The blog’s title–and guiding principle, for that matter–arose out of a line from John Kennedy Toole’s acclaimed novel, A Confederacy of Dunces: “When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.”
A native of Wisconsin, David Dominé has called Kentucky home since moving to Louisville in 1993. Over the years, his adopted state has provided him an unending supply of artistic inspiration, so it’s not surprising that – from local hauntings to bourbon recipes – Kentucky spirits frequently come alive in his narratives. In addition to writing travel pieces for local and national publications, he has also published books on Victorian architecture, regional cooking, folklore, and haunted history. David has an MA in German Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Louisville. He also completed postgraduate studies in literary translation at the Karl-Franzens Universität in Graz, Austria, and received an MFA in Writing from Spalding University. When he’s not writing, he teaches language and literature classes at the university level. When he’s not writing or teaching, he’s usually cooking or eating.
Kelly Morris is a recent transplant to Louisville. She received her MFA in Writing from Spalding University and is a current Ph.D. student at U of L. Her short stories have appeared in various journals, including the Los Angeles Review and Epiphany Magazine. Her short story “Dream Club” was the 2015 winner of Yemassee Journal’s William Richey Short Fiction Contest. She’s currently working on a hybrid novel/story collection. When she’s not writing, Kelly can be found hanging out with her kids, who remain unconvinced that being a writer is actually a very cool job.
La Crescent, Minnesota
Rick Brown is an avocational writer, photographer, and musician living in the upper Midwest. Along with his personal blog, SPANGLER’S MUSTACHE, he has also been a regular contributor to the writers’ website, LITERARY LABORS (AND THE OCCASIONAL CHEESE DIP). He earned a Master of Arts in History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1995, and, in 2013, a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.
Julia Blake resides in Washington, D.C. Prior to receiving her MFA in Writing from Spalding University, she earned a PhD in Counseling and accrued publications in various counseling journals and textbooks. When not teaching or writing, Julia toys with the idea of training for a marathon and daydreams about making most of the recipes in the Louisiana Cookin’ magazine.