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Carol Clarke

January 29, 2024



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Jen Zoble

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This interview was conducted with Carole Clark at her home in Livingston, NY onJanuary 29, 2024. Carole Clark is a former chef and restaurateur who founded the Columbia County Recovery Kitchen (CCRK), an organization working to address food insecurity in Columbia County, at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. She discusses the place of food in her life during her childhood and young adulthood, her work as a visual artist and its correspondence with her work as a chef, the influence of international travel on her cooking and art, her experience as a restaurateur in the Berkshires and Hudson, her work with young people in NYC and Columbia County, the relationship between food and community, her growing awareness of food insecurity in the region, and the genesis and continuing work of CCRK. She reflects on the similarities and differences between feeding a community through a restaurant and feeding a community through a mutual aid initiative, and on the evolution of her role at CCRK.

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Jen Zoble

Jen Zoble is a multidisciplinary artist and educator whose work encompasses literary translation, writing, oral history, and sound art. Recent prose translations include Sweetlust by Asja Bakić (Feminist Press, 2023) and Call MeEsteban by Lejla Kalamujić (Sandorf Passage, 2021). Her translation of Marsby Asja Bakić (Feminist Press, 2019) was named one of the Best Fiction Books of2019 by Publishers Weekly. Zoble is on the faculty of Liberal Studies atNYU, where in addition to teaching she coordinates the university's new undergraduate minor in translation studies. She was the founding co-producer of the audio drama project Play for Voices (2016-2021).

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