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.
A 2010 article from Newsweek made international news with the headline, “Pakistan is the World’s Most Dangerous Country.” Growing up in Pakistan, I rarely experienced moments of panic. Pakistan could be dangerous—like when a bomb went off near my school—but I felt safe in my suburban neighborhood. When I decided to move to the United […]
Sitting in the sunset in the middle of Central Park, the unfamiliar boy and I huddled together in the growing chill of late October, using the excuse of needing bodily warmth to search for some other, more abstract warmth of feeling. We had spent the whole day exploring the Met Museum, and afterwards walked around […]
My father took me to the Coney Island Freak Show every summer growing up. My artist Dad seemed unfettered from his day job as a social worker, sketching subway riders on the hour train ride from the Lower East Side, where we lived surrounded by junkies and prostitutes wandering derelict streets. On the boardwalk, he […]