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     Todd Kliman is an author, essayist, cultural critic, food writer, and strategist.

     He has won two James Beard Foundation Awards, including a 2016 MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award for his autobiography in seven meals, "Pork Life." His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New YorkerHarper'sThe Oxford AmericanThe Daily Beast, Lucky Peach, The Washington Post Magazine, and his stories and essays have been widely anthologized, including five times in the Best Food Writing series.

    He is the author of The Wild Vine, a work of narrative non-fiction about a transgendered multi-millionaire on an obsessive quest to restore the legend of a suicidal antebellum doctor, nearly lost to history, who accomplished what Thomas Jefferson tried and could not. The Washington Post called it a "fascinating story, complex and with a haunting finish," while The Richmond Times-

Dispatch hailed it as "an outstanding piece of literature." 

    Kliman taught literature and writing for 10 years at American University and Howard University. At Howard, he was also the editorial director of Chris Rock's magazine of satire, The Illtop Journal, modeled after The Harvard Lampoon

     In addition to writing and teaching, Kliman is also a radio talk show host, occasionally filling in on the Kojo Nnamdi Show in Washington, D.C. He is a Consulting Producer for TASTE, a TV series being developed by the Hollywood production company Story Force.

     Prior to the shutdown associated with Covid-19, Kliman was set to debut Tiny Gallery, in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C., showcasing the work of painters and sculptors who defy classification. The launch has been delayed until late 2021.

     He is at work on a new book, Mouth/Feel: A Vulnerable Consumption of the World, in 33 Meals.

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