Svetlana Kitto works as a writer, teacher and oral historian in New York City. Her writing has been featured in the book Occupy! Scenes from Occupied America, published by Verso Books, the New York Times Local East Village, Surface Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, food journal Put a Egg On It and Kiosk Paper. She is the project lead on an oral history of the Jewish Theological Seminary; as well as an interviewer on the Brooklyn Historical Society's Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations Oral History Project, which examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families in Brooklyn. She has taught oral history and creative writing workshops at a homeless youth drop-in center in Chinatown, NYC, a high school in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, the Asian American Writers Workshop, the Brooklyn Museum, Elders Share the Arts and the Lincoln School.
As the wheels hit the ground and the pilot stopped the airplane at Newark airport, I felt right at home. I was landing in the city that was going to be my new home, at least for a couple of years. People had always told me that I should live in New York once, but leave […]
“Lemuel,” my mother cried out to me. “No puedo ver.” I looked up. Her eyes were shut, her grip was tight around my hand, and she was telling me she couldn’t see. We had been walking home, enjoying the lull that comes over Washington Heights at the end of the day. I was six and […]
I. From a distance the crown almost looks like solid gold. But as I walk farther up 30th Avenue in Astoria, I can tell there is something not quite right about it. It is glinting, sure, but I realize the crown is made of curled paper. It’s from Burger King. I am now only a […]