Welcome to Alimentum


Since 2005 Alimentum has been delighting readers with stories, essays, and poems that use food as a kind of muse to inspire memory, ideas, humor, joy, melancholy, triumph and reflection. The works are not just about what’s on your plate. They explore our deep personal connection to how we eat, what we eat, and the very primal part food plays in our lives.

We’ve published 13 print issues (a baker’s dozen—still available as collector editions) each packed with over 30 writers and poets, featuring well-known authors like Oliver Sacks and Mark Kurlansky, award-winning authors, and never before published writers.

Our current online journal presents a revolving roster of food-themed fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, art, music, featurettes, recipe poems, favorite food blogs and more from writers and creators who live across the U.S. and abroad. 

Alimentum has participated in several AWP conferences and many other conferences and book fairs including the Southern Festival of Books, the Brooklyn Book Festival, NY Small Press Book Fair and has hosted numerous public readings and forums. We’re a member of CLMP and have received kudos from the New York Times, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, NY Daily News, Connecticut News Times, Poets & Writers, BBC Radio, Weekend America, and other media. Our writers’ essays have appeared in Best American Essays and Best Food Writing. We’ve received 1st Place Awards from the Bookbinders Guild New York Book Design Show two years in a row, and were honored as Best Food Magazine in the World from the International Gourmand Awards.

For general inquiries contact: editor@alimentumjournal.com

PO Box 210028
Nashville, TN 37221



Paulette Licitra

Paulette Licitra, Publisher/Editor-in-chief, is a writer and chef, and teaches writing workshops and Italian & Mediterranean cooking classes (ChefPaulette.net) She leads culinary tours to Italy and Eat & Greet Tours in NY and Nashville. Apart from food and writing, Paulette loves to song-write and perform with Duane Spencer in the band Duette.





Peter SelginPhoto by Charles E. Manley

Peter Selgin, Fiction & Nonfiction Editor, is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction, Life Goes to the Movies, a novel, two books on the craft of fiction, and two children’s books. His stories and essays have appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies, including Glimmer Train Stories, Poets & Writers, The Sun, Slate, Colorado Review, Writers and Their Notebooks, Writing Fiction, and Best American Essays 2009. Confessions of a Left-Handed Man: An Artist’s Memoir, was published by the University of Iowa Press and is a finalist for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize for Writing. His novel, The Water Master, won the Pirate’s Alley/Faulkner Society Prize, and his essay, The Kuhreihen Melody, won the Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. Selgin’s visual art has graced the pages of the The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Gourmet, and other publications. Selgin has had several plays published and produced, including Night Blooming Serious, which won the Mill Mountain Theater Competition. His full-length play, A God in the House, based on Dr. Kevorkian and his suicide device, was a National Playwright’s Conference Winner and later optioned for Off-Broadway. He teaches at Antioch University’s MFA writing program and is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia College. His website is at www.peterselgin.com.


Duane Spencer

Duane Spencer, Music Editor, started playing music at the age of 3, when his grandfather Ward Duane taught him the ukulele. At age 10 he began playing drums, and at 17 played behind Van Morrison during his “Brown-Eyed Girl” era. Duane sings with an instinctive knack for harmony, and the ability to hit falsetto notes that can shatter glass. He was a member of the legendary Martha's Vineyard acoustic band Mr. Timothy Charles Duane (aka TCD), and the soul-calypso (soca) group Target Rhythm Band. He has played, recorded, and collaborated with Van Morrison, Fred Lipsius, Roly Salley, Richard Bell, Clark Pierson, John Hall, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Kate Taylor, Maria Muldaur, Bobby Cochran, and Mark Volman. Duane’s music catalog has been featured on compilation releases, documentaries, and promotional presentations. He co-wrote the lullaby "Jason & Ida" with Columbia artist Kate Taylor (featuring James Taylor on guitar and vocals, Carly Simon on vocals, Will Lee on bass, and Don Grolnick on piano) for her 2nd album titled "Kate Taylor.” Duane now lives in Nashville, holding the distinction of being the only Cocktail Kit drummer in Music City. His ultimate passion lies in the music he shares with Paulette Licitra, writing, recording, and performing together as Duette.  Visit his website at www.DuaneSpencer.com.


Claudia Carlson

Claudia Carlson, Print Art Director, loves to work with words and images, type and graphics. Her first book of poetry, The Elephant House, was published by Marsh Hawk Press in 2007. She co-edited, with Jeanne Marie Beaumont, The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales, an anthology of modern fairy tale poems. Court Green, Heliotrope, and Southern Poetry Review, among others, have published her poems. The Same, The Cream City Review, and Gargoyle have featured her photos. Her design with Peter Selgin for Alimentum: The Literature of Food won a best in category award for General Trade Quality Paperback design at the 2008 and 2009 New York Book Shows. She works as a graphic designer and illustrator and lives in Manhattan with her husband, lyricist Jim Racheff. Claudia's website; Claudia's blog


Esther Cohen

Esther Cohen, Guest Poetry Editor & the Menupoems Editor, loves food and words. Someone is often eating in all that she writes (novels, poems, stories, essays). In restaurants, she wishes that menu words were different. If only poets wrote menus, there would be no more cold crispy salads. Food and all the words that food deserves, all the surprise and the texture, fragile, unforgettable and sometimes even deep bright green, would be part of each menu if poets were in charge. She teaches writing at Manhattanville College and is the author of five published books, most recently, a poetry collection, God is a Tree. Esther's website


Eric LeMay, Web and Book Review Editor teaches creative writing at Ohio University. His poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in The Paris Review, Harvard Review, The Nation, Poetry Daily, Gastronomica, and the anthologies Best Food Writing 2009 and 2011. He is the author of a collection of poetry, The One in the Many, and Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese. Visit Eric's website at www.ericlemay.org.


Grace Pauley

Grace Pauley, our Alimentum Fellow, is an undergraduate creative writing major at Ohio University. She has dabbled in creative non-fiction and poetry, with a book review and a featurette appearing here. ​She is currently, and usually, craving something tomato based. In addition to writing and eating, Grace has recently backpacked around Southeast Asia.