Candito to read at Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books

April 7, 2014
Dr. Kara Candito

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Kara Candito, assistant professor of creative writing and English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, will read selections of her poetry at the Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books on Saturday, April 12 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif.

The reading coincides with the release of her second collection of poetry, “Spectator,” which centers on the struggle of a United States citizen and a Mexican citizen to find a common space and language in their relationship while navigating the U.S. immigration system. By employing a kind of documentary poetics that views the application process through different angles and perspectives, Candito crafted discourses around xenophobia, otherness and national ethnic identity.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Festival of Books, which began in 1996, is designed “to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them.” In addition to poetry readings, the festival includes live bands, chef demonstrations, cultural entertainment, photography exhibit, film screenings, discussion panels on current topics and more. Each year, about 150,000 people of all ages attend the festival.

“It will be an honor to share the literary stage with so many writers whose work I admire, and also an important experience for me as a teacher,” said Candito. “Each semester, I introduce my creative writing students to poetry and prose that move me. I look forward to discovering new voices at the LA Times Festival of Books that might speak to our students’ artistic projects.”

“This reading will give me an opportunity to meet writers who are passionate about inspiring the next generation of poets and novelists,” said Candito. “It’s been a pleasure to bring some of the writers I’ve encountered via my involvement with literary communities and events, such as James Arthur, Tarfia Faizullah and Adam Fell, to UW-Platteville as readers for the department of humanities’ Visiting Writers Series. Visiting writers, students and faculty alike are energized and inspired by these events.”

Candito is the recipient of the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Prize, the 2013 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry.

Contact: Dr. Kara Candito, department of humanities, (608) 342-6154,

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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