Theresa Whitehill

Theresa Whitehill

A California poet, graphic designer, and letterpress printer, Theresa Whitehill has been a resident of Mendocino County in northern California for over twenty years. She currently collaborates with California chef and writer Shannon Hughes on culinary poetry events, combining poetry with food in a venue intended to enhance the words and flavors in an intimate setting. As Poet-in-Residence at Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa, California, she participated in a project, “Napa Valley: Portrait of a Community,” which became a traveling exhibit and the subject of a CBS Television Special in March of 1999. “Évora a Doce,” her poem about Portuguese soul and food, was published as a limited edition letterpress broadside by Berkeley chef Alice Waters of the restaurant Chez Panisse, and her animated version of this poem was honored by the American Film Institute in their annual report in 1998. Her poetry appears in regional California magazines and anthologies, and her letterpress broadsides, many produced with her husband, artist Paulo Ferreira, are in major national collections, including the Getty Center for the Arts, Brown University, Stanford University, the New York Public Library, UCLA, UC Berkeley, the San Francisco Public Library, and Mills College, as well as many private collections. She is well known to local audiences as an expressive performer.

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