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Three Questions for Kathleen Alcalá Regarding Her Novel, “Spirits of the Ordinary”

KATHLEEN ALCALÁ was born in Compton, California, to Mexican parents, grew up in San Bernardino, and now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest. She earned a BA in linguistics from Stanford University, an MA in creative writing from the University of Washington, and an MFA from the University of New Orleans. The author of six books, Alcalá is a recipient of the Western States Book Award, the Governors Writers Award, the International Latino Book Award, and two Artist Trust Fellowships. She also has been recognized by Con Tinta, is a recent Whitely Fellow, and a previous Hugo House Writer in Residence. Alcalá’s most recent book, The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, explores our relationship with geography, food, history, and ethnicity.
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