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We’re happy to introduce Kate Barrett, our new administrative assistant and all-around go-to person at Lighthouse. We stumbled upon her in David Rothman’s Ulysses workshop, and rumor has it she attended Lighthouse workshops even back when she was a wee lass in high school. (Not too long ago….) Now a graduate (magna cum laude) of Knox College, where she was a creative writing major, she’s gracing our back office with her wit, positivity, and that cool manner she has regardless of the weather. What follows is a hard-hitting, concise-enough-to-be-Tweeted capsule interview with her, in which we learn of early jobs involving unspeakable things, beefcake literary crushes, and openness to bribery:
Q. What was your favorite book as a kid?
The very first book I remember being my “favorite” is But No Elephants by Jerry Smath. After that I graduated to an obsession with Phillip Pullman’s Golden Compass trilogy.
Q. What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had? (no fair counting Lighthouse)
Probably picking up dog poop in exchange for beanie babies, circa 1997 (my mom is an expert in bribery).
Q. If you could date a living/dead author or fictional character, who would it be and why?
Definitely Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. What a broody hunk!
Q. Where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever lived—either a particular building or a geographic place?
In a tent with three other people for a month in Alaska. It was mostly weird because I swear to God that tent didn’t smell while we were living in it. Then we all showered for the first time and, lo and behold, it reeked in there. Weird, right?
Q. Totally weird. From whence do you hail?
Good ol’ Littleton, Colorado.
Q. Anything else that would help people get to know you?
I still accept bribes, but I prefer muffins, cookies, or any variety of baked goods as opposed to beanie babies these days. If you can’t find me, the wilderness is a good place to start looking.
Q. What literary events are you most looking forward to in the next few weeks/months?
Lit Fest! I know that’s sort of a large, nebulous event to name, but it’s true. I’ve only been able to make it to one Lit Fest event three or four years ago, so I’m pumped to be here for the whole shebang. I love me some good hustle and bustle and concentrated workshopping.
Please, if you’re at Lighthouse, stop by and meet Kate! And remember she can be bribed with baked goods, but please be sure to bring enough to bribe the whole class.