Stephanie Adams-Santos


One sentence to describe yourself: I'm the weird keep-to-myself queer bruja-type poet kid of a gringo papa and a Guatemalan mama, born in Portland but raised in both places. I often am cooking, writing, watching things with great intensity, being silent, being shy, being secret, doing occult deeds. I'm a scorpio. My nahual is Eb (the sacred path)—bearer of time & destiny, the sign of Grass, humble & abundant, a place between places, between dimensions and worlds.

What will you be presenting on? Various musings on chiles, female genius, pain & inheritance.

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Don't turn your back on the masa. It follows you.

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Tortillas, lime, chile & salt. Or pho.

Favorite food: depending on availability: vegan fish tacos from veggie grill; pizza; guatemalan tamales de arroz

Recommended reading: Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram; Everything by Lucille Clifton; old codexes and cave inscriptions

Food you’d like to try: I would love to try all the various regional tamales