Writing, Regrets, and Insects: MAR Asks, Luisa Caycedo-Kimura Answers

This year the northeastern United States had one of the cruelest winters I can remember. There was so much snow that we were running out of places to put it. I chose not to teach during this “spring” semester, but my friends who did were running out of ideas on how to make up cancelled classes and were constantly adjusting their syllabi. There were so many cloudy days that even people who don’t suffer from SAD were starting to feel blue and dreaming of moving to a warmer climate. On a day when I’d had enough of the snow and the clouds, I received an email from Mid-American Review asking whether I would agree to be interviewed. I’m a fan of the journal and this put a huge smile on my face. Following is a link to the interview.

MAR Asks, Luisa Caycedo-Kimura Answers: http://casit.bgsu.edu/marblog/mar-asks-luisa-caycedo-kimura-answers/

FRIGG Magazine publication: Five poems that chronicle the trajectory of my obsession-driven muse.

I’m excited to have five poems in the latest issue of FRIGG Magazine. These poems chronicle the trajectory of my obsession-driven muse over the past few years. For a while, it seemed all I could write about was death and abuse in their many forms. I still care about the topic of abuse and likely always will. Then my heart was broken by the loss of what was perhaps the most important non-romantic friendship I’ve ever had. Also, my husband and I realized we’d become unwitting nomads, moving five times in the past two years, not counting the five places while traveling around Spain, or my two writing residencies last summer. Even now, as I write this, I’m sitting in my mother-in-law’s house in California, after my husband and I packed what we could in our carry-on bags and flew from Connecticut to care for her. I suspect there may be more poems about our nomadic existence on the horizon.

I’m posting two links. The first is a link to the front page of the issue, because I love the picture and because I hope you will read the entire issue. The second link is to my poems.

http://www.friggmagazine.com/index.htm

http://www.friggmagazine.com/issuefortyfive/splashpages/LuisaCaycedoKimura.htm

2013-2014 News

My poem “Un Jardín en Tolima” is in Mid-American Review’s 35th Anniversary Issue!

• You can now read about my residency experiences this past summer on the Letras Latinas Blog. Many thanks to Francisco Aragón and Letras Latinas for this incredible opportunity.

• On September 25, 2014, I had the privilege to participate in a panel reading and discussion with Robert Pinsky, Karl Kirchwey, Dan Chiasson, and Ha Jin at Barnes & Noble at BU! It was so much fun. You may read about it here.

• Happy to have two of my poems published in Nashville Review. You may read “Elena” here and “Knitting” here.

• July 29, 2014, I’ll be reading at the Meet the Artists’ event in the historical barn of the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN together with music, readings, and art presentations by my talented fellow residents. Please see here for more information.

• There’s an article about me in Minnesota’s Red Wing Republican Eagle! Many thanks to Ruth Nerhaugen for the interview.

• I’ll be reading at the Anderson Center’s 15th Annual Summer Celebration of the Arts in Red Wing, MN, July 12, 2:00 pm. Other readers: David Steingass at 2:30 pm and Alixa Doom at 3:00 pm.

• My poems “Knitting” and “Elena” will appear in the next issue of Nashville Review! I’ll post a link to them here when they’re available.

• My poems  “Black-eyed Susans,” “Recuerdos del Tolima,” and “Paso Doble a la Muerte”  will appear in the upcoming issue of Jelly Bucket!

• I’m grateful and honored to have been awarded the Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Fellowship. Thanks to this generous award, I will be doing a residency at Ragdale this summer. Ragdale is a beautiful non-profit artists’ community on architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s country estate.

• I’m excited and honored to announce that I have been selected to be  the 2014 John K. Walsh Residency Fellow by Letras Latinas, the literary initiative of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), in conjunction with The Anderson Center, in Red Wing, MN. You may read about the fellowship here.

• My poem “Lemons and Peppers” was accepted for publication by Crack the Spine! http://issuu.com/crackthespine/docs/issue_69

• Writers at the Black Box — June 25th, 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Playwrights’ Theater (949 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA). Readers: Luisa Caycedo-Kimura, Tara Skurtu, Ying-Ju Lai, Nell Stevens, and Laura Marris

• My poem “Cartagena Sunrise — April 2009” will appear in a special edition of San Pedro River Review coming Summer 2013.

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