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In December last year, I was going through some old pictures for two reasons. First, it was the time of the year when I reflect on the past. Second, I am working on a chapter of my fictionalized memoir, Angels in the Forest, in which I am ten, and I needed to look at pictures where […]

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Mother’s Day: May 12, 2013 Dear Mom, The idea of writing a letter to you has been following me for years. At this point, I don’t even remember when I thought of it first. Was it three years ago? Maybe five? Maybe even ten. These days, I mostly type on my laptop—sometimes thinking about the […]

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One of the Christmas memories I have from my childhood is cooking or baking with my mom. Here is an excerpt from To Kill the Other, in which making pastry, remembered by Marek, a Polish character in the novel, is based on my own experience. “I like the powdered ones because they remind me of […]

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In this video I am reading an excerpt from “To Kill the Other.” The reading took place at a friend’s house on November 19th, 2011. The excerpt pertains to the shipyard workers uprising in Gdansk and Gdynia in December 1970. As a six year old boy, Marek witnesses his mother’s death. He learns that the […]

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It’s a rainy Saturday morning. I am drinking my coffee, looking out the window (as I always do) and thinking about my book reading that will take place tomorrow. How can I possibly talk about the years of working on this novel?  What is the most important message I can convey to my audience?  I […]

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A question of killing: Howard County author searches for an answer by Lisa Kawata Howard Magazine hit a record for social media activity with this article.  You can find the link: here.        

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  When I think of summer, I think of time not passing. I think of the beach and the constancy of one sound that was present before anyone could hear it. I think of  my young lightweight body, darkened, pressing to the warm sand, as fine and white as flour. I think of the waves […]

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I looked at the floor and thought of chess.  This made me feel sinful. I was not supposed to have frivolous thoughts while in church.  The floor of the neo-Gothic church was made of black and white marble squares that made me think of the size of the chess pieces that would match the size […]

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There was a moment in my life when I realized that my father used to be a child, just like me. This realization made me feel more mature but at the same time more vulnerable.  In this moment, I realized that I am following my father’s path of growing up (which meant that eventually I […]

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One might say that living a bilingual life offers enriched experience, but I say it also brings confusion and struggle during the first years of learning, especially when the second language enters someone’s life in the second or third decade. I am not sure if there is a moment when two different languages can merge […]

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