Late Night Library

Kara Candito – Spectator

Late Night Conversation, hosted by Paul Martone

Tonight our featured guest is Kara Candito whose debut collection of poetry was the first book ever featured on a Late Night Library podcast! Three years and two months following the launch of that first show, Kara returns to speak with Paul about Spectator her recently released second full-length collection of poetry, published by University of Utah Press and winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. Conversation topics include: meditative & associative poetry, Italian American families and cousins who kick your ass, the heroin needle effect of poetry, the haunting call to write the Daddy poem, the flexibility of the elegy, and the desire to reach out and turn up the volume just before you die.

Win a copy of Kara’s first book Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska, 2009) by listening to tonight’s episode and being the first listener to correctly answer the following question: Kara describes her poem “Deathbed” as an elegy or little funeral for what?

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I’m at the point in my writing life where I don’t feel apologetic or anxious when I say that some of my poems are political or that I think political poems are important.





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About our guest

Kara Candito is the author of Spectator (University of Utah Press, 2014), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize and Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her work has been published in such journals and anthologies as BlackbirdAGNIThe Kenyon ReviewjubilatDrunken Boat, The Southern ReviewForklift Ohio, The RumpusIndiana Review, and Best New Poets 2007. A Pushcart Prize winner and recipient of scholarships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Vermont Studio Center, the MacDowell Colony, and the Santa Fe Arts Institute, Candito is a co-curator of the Monsters of Poetry reading series, a creative writing professor at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, and a co-director of Membership for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.


Posted on: July 1, 2014 · Homepage, Late Night Conversation ·

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