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with Christine Kitano

The last thing that made you smile

Spring is just arriving here in Ithaca, so looking out the window and seeing green instead of white makes me smile. The branches are still bare, but buds are emerging. After five months of winter, even the faintest glimmer of sunlight makes me smile.

A secret

This is not so much a secret, but it is something that surprises people: I enjoy weightlifting. I am not an athlete, but weightlifting is the closest I’ve come to enjoying a sport.

The last thing you wrote

Literally? An email to a student. Creatively? Final revisions on a poem in my manuscript.

Your favourite city

I have two cities I love. The first is Edinburgh, where I spent a week during college. As a southern California native, Edinburgh was everything I longed for, a place full of history and rain. The other city I love is Honolulu. I’ve been lucky to return to Honolulu for the past few summers to work at the University of Hawaiʻi. Though Honolulu has never been home, as soon as I step out into the open-air terminal, I feel at peace.

What you’d place in a time capsule

My daily necessities: water bottle, tea, and dried strawberries.

Christine Kitano is the author of Sky Country, which will be published by BOA Editions in fall 2017. Her first collection, Birds of Paradise, was published by Lynx House Press in 2011. Recent work appears in Crab Orchard Review, Miramar, and Tar River Poetry. She teaches creative writing and literature at Ithaca College.