Friday night’s event cohosted by Orion and Gastronomica magazines (and held at Williams College Museum of Art) offered a rich array of poetry, prose, and reflection for the hundred people gathered there to listen.

Ruth Reichl speaks beneath a projection of the Walker Evans photograph, "Kitchen Wall, Alabama Farmstead, 1936."

Celebrated writers Francine Prose,  Ellen Dore Watson, Elizabeth Graver, Patty Crane, and Ruth Reichl each read pieces inspired by the same photograph by Walker Evans–some more historical, some personal, some associative and collagelike–and spoke about their creative process.

Ellen Dore Watson speaks. Behind her, left to right: Elizabeth Graver, Ruth Reichl, Patty Crane, Francine Prose.