Kara Candito

Stuff I’m Thankful for (the Fall 2013 Version)

November 25, 2012 | 7 Comments

It’s been awhile, virtual world. Things have happened. Offline life has been lived and enjoyed, and there are lots of things I’m thankful for this fall (almost winter–something for which I’m not thankful or excited):

Having a finished second manuscript of poetry and 31 new “poems” from October 2013 Poem-A-Day

Having hosted some talented and lovely visiting poets for the fall 2013 Monsters of Poetry and UW-Platteville Visiting Writers series (thank you, Eduardo Corral, Virginia Konchan, Traci Brimhall & Rodney Wittwer) And thanks, Monsters co-curators, Matt Guenette and Chris Mohar and master monster Adam Fell, for a great fall readings season.

Forthcoming Albanian translations of two of my poems, “California” and “I’ve Been Meaning to Write,” in the Albanian language journal, Jeta E Re (courtesy of writer and translator Uk Lushi)

My upcoming trip to Portland, OR, where I’ll be reading at Northwest Academy on December 6th; recording an episode of Late Night Library’s Debut Series with author Dan DeWesse; and reading for Late Night Library’s In and Out of Town Series, with poet Samiya Bashir at 7:30 pm on December 6th, at Literary Arts (all courtesy of host Paul Martone)

My husband’s mole and pozole and his willingness to try cooking spicy tofu (courtesy of Victor Castro Lozano)

Students who help my husband cope with a vegetarian household by bringing him fresh venison sausage (and my cats’ general insanity when he cooks the venison)

The fact that I’ll be returning to Wuhan, China to teach “Introduction to English Literature for TESOL Graduate Students” in January 2013 and spending two days in Beijing on my way to Wuhan (how should one spend two days in Beijing?)

My favorite long poem from my second manuscript, “Elevator: A Love Story,” appears in the debut issue of Better: Culture & Lit (with audio & video) along with some great poems and essays by Elena Passarello, Sam Amadon, Kyle McCord, Elizabeth Arnold and Alison Stine

Henri Le Chat Noir (and thanks, Mari L’Esperance, for introducing me to Henri) and my two photogenic and psychologically complex cats, Cassidy & Saturn


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