Astra Libris

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Industry Arts
Location The Deep South meets The Midwest, United States
Introduction I’ve worked on a sheep farm, on countless horse farms, in a cell biology lab, in an Ethiopian refugee camp, in a bookstore, and in a shipping warehouse. I’ve worked as a caterer, as a waitress, as a prep cook, as an English tutor, as an editor, and as an instructor attempting to teach the wonders of Shakespeare to a room-full of reluctant college students. More recently, I worked as a nurse in the Medical Surgical wards, the ICU, pediatrics, and the OR. Now I am happily the manager of a huge and hectic inner-city medical center. Amidst it all, I, cook – seasonally, locally, healthfully, and joyously.
Interests Cooking and writing recipes (of course :-), writing songs and poetry, road trips, reading, watching good movies, listening to music and trying to remember the names of songs and artists, singing, learning to play guitar, hiking, and realizing I have minimal time in the day for all this.
Favorite Books Everything William Faulkner ever wrote - along with Shakespeare, he's the reason I have a degree in English instead of somehing practical like biomedical engineering. Also John Keats' poetry, Stephen Dunn's poetry (Especially Landscape at the End of the Century), Joyce Carol Oates' We Were the Mulvaneys, Edward P. Jones' The Known World, Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Mary O'Hera's Green Grass of Wyoming, and Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals. I do read cookbooks like novels, too - some that I find most inspiring are Tamasin Day-Lewis' Good Tempered Food, Mollie Katzen's The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, and Crescent Dragonwagon's The Passionate Vegetarian