American Lyrics, American Spirits: Poets and the Drinks that Fueled Them

Instructor: Lucian Mattison & Nick Gripp

Monday, July 24, 7:00–9:00 pm

As Gertrude Stein would say, A rosé is a rosé is a rosé...wait, that’s not quite it… Come take a tour of American writing (including its transnational influences across the pond) with a different kind of drinks-pairing.

Get to know four major American eras of poetry through the writing of important poets, brief biographies, and, importantly, adult beverages inspired by their work.

Starting with Whitman, moving through modernism and confessionals, and all the way through to identity politics, dive deeply into some of America’s best poetry. From Sylvia Plath to John Berryman, from T.S. Elliott to Gil Scott Heron, from Jean Toomer to Claudia Rankine, experience poetry alongside a series of wine & cockail pairings that will bring the words to life.

Come away with a working knowledge of American poetry (good for cocktail parties, creative inspiration, and soothing your troubled soul) as well as a working knowledge of three craft cocktails, two wines, and a surprise drink to end the class.

Note: unlike other Little Academy classes, ticket prices for this class are $35, the slightly higher fee covers all six of your drink samplings, and keeps the lights on at Little Academy.

About your hosts: Lucian Mattison is an Argentine-U.S. poet living in DC. Nick Gripp is a bartender and cocktail magician. When they drink together they have been known to draw on napkins, and their art is featured prominently at Looking Glass in Petworth.

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Each Little Academy class takes place in the private, second-story space at Bourbon, a laid-back and top-notch watering hole in the heart of Adams Morgan. We have full access to the bar and kitchen downstairs. And arrive a little early to shoot the breeze and take advantage of happy hour, which runs till 7pm. Every class is two hours long and one night only. Curiosity required.

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