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My name is Katie Booms Assarian. ^ This is me.

I live and work in Grand Rapids, MI. I also have loyalties to Grand Valley State University, the city of Prague, the University of Wyoming MFA Program in Laramie, AmeriCorps, and New Orleans. I have a librarian husband, a house with a teal door, a few babies, a hippie church, a good community, and occasional hankerings back toward small town farm life.

I recommend campfires and folk songs.

I remain convinced the world has magic in it.

A few poems I keep bookmarks in: “Cattails” by Nikky Finney, “The Country of Marriage” by Wendell Berry, “The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart” series by Gabrielle Calvocoressi,  “A Song on the End of the World” by Czeslaw Milosz, “Prairie” by Jan Zwicky, “At Twenty Eight” by Amy Fleury, one by Kate Northrop with a girl or a dog in it, “Possibilities” by Wistlawa Szymborska,  The Waste Land and Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot, and “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver.

I am practicing a broad kind of grace.