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Skinny Dip with Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Rebecca Kai DotlichFor this inter­view, we vis­it with Rebec­ca Kai Dotlich, poet and chil­dren’s book author:

Which celebri­ty, liv­ing or not, do you wish would invite you to a cof­fee shop?

As most of my friends know, that would be Bil­ly Collins. And then Meryl Streep would stop by too of course.

Favorite city to vis­it?

I’m not a far and wide trav­el­er, but the city I’ve always want­ed to vis­it is any city in Switzer­land.


In high school, read­ing on the couch.

Which book do you find your­self rec­om­mend­ing pas­sion­ate­ly?

The Glass Cas­tle by Jeanette Walls. Friend­ly Fire by C.D.B. Bryan. On Writ­ing: a mem­oir of the craft by Stephen King. Big Mag­ic by Eliz­a­beth Gilbert. Prince of Tides by Pat Con­roy.

Stromboli (photo credit: wikimedia commons)

Strom­boli (pho­to cred­it: wiki­me­dia com­mons)

What’s your favorite late-night snack?

I haven’t eat­en late-night snacks since my col­lege days at Indi­ana Uni­ver­si­ty. Strom­bo­lis. Deliv­ered.

Most cher­ished child­hood mem­o­ry?

Oh, so many. Pil­ing into the sta­tion wag­on on a sum­mer night to go to the dri­ve-in in our paja­mas. Watch­ing Roy Rogers and Sky King on Sat­ur­day morn­ings. The smell of baby dolls and new sad­dle oxfords.

First date?

First love 8th grade, Den­nis. First date, high school and I am pret­ty sure it involved a dou­ble date and a dri­ve-in.

Tea? Cof­fee? Milk? Soda? What’s your favorite go-to drink?

Cof­fee. Grow­ing up, there was always a pot per­co­lat­ing in our house. My grand­moth­er made me cof­fee from a very young age. She added lots of cream and sug­ar and called it Boston cof­fee. I still love it that way.

Favorite sea­son of the year?

Fall. Why? The chill in the air. The fresh­ness. The new­ness. Reminds me of new begin­nings, sweaters, and school sup­plies.

What’s your dream vaca­tion?

Being in a lit­tle town with book­stores, art muse­ums, cob­ble­stone streets, lamp­lights and noth­ing but time.

Burgess Meredith, Twilight Zone, 1960, wikimedia commons

Burgess Mered­ith, Twi­light Zone, 1960, wiki­me­dia com­mons

What gives you shiv­ers?

Heights. Burgess Mered­ith. (Twi­light Zone. “Time Enough At Last.”)

Morn­ing per­son? Night per­son?

All of my young adult and adult life I was both. Easy up at 5 and to bed after mid­night or 1 o’clock. Now I’m more of a morn­ing per­son.

What’s your hid­den tal­ent?

Nada. Except maybe a good recall of song lyrics. And bak­ing darn good Christ­mas cook­ies. Oh yes, and imag­i­na­tive con­cept pho­tog­ra­phy. (uh-huh, well it’s on the buck­et list.)

Your favorite can­dy as a kid?

Sky Bar. Rock can­dy (icy clear, nev­er col­ors.)

Is Plu­to a plan­et?

Wait, I have to google that … seems it depends on the year, the poor guy keeps get­ting demot­ed. His head must be spin­ning.

I did get a little huffy sometimes. With my brother Curt on my grandparents' front porch.

I did get a lit­tle huffy some­times. With my broth­er Curt on my grand­par­ents’ front porch.

Broth­er and sis­ters or an only child? How did that shape your life?

A big broth­er and a lit­tle sis­ter. Big broth­er ruled the land of sib­lings, so I am used to not squawk­ing much when it comes to fol­low­ing rules sug­ges­tions. He also taught me by exam­ple that books in the hand, on the shelf and splat­tered on the bed are the best trea­sures of all. Lit­tle sis­ter passed me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to rule in the land of sib­lings. And also to feel respon­si­ble to look out for some­one, which for­tu­nate­ly or unfor­tu­nate­ly I still feel com­pelled to do.

with my brother and sister and our cousins

with my broth­er and sis­ter and our cousins

Your hope for the world?

Besides peace, love and kind­ness, it would be for the erad­i­ca­tion of bul­ly­ing, and more under­stand­ing of, and com­pas­sion for, depres­sion and oth­er men­tal health issues, espe­cial­ly for our youth.

10 Responses to Skinny Dip with Rebecca Kai Dotlich

  1. April Halprin Wayland July 7, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

    Loved your answers, every one, Rebec­ca!

  2. Kristine George July 9, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

    Great inter­view! I can vouch for Rebec­ca­’s mem­o­ry for song lyrics (she also has a great singing voice) and her Christ­mas sug­ar cook­ie recipe is stel­lar. Thanks to Rebec­ca, I final­ly mas­tered the art of creamy-smooth no-lumps icing.

    • scribblesinpeacock July 10, 2016 at 4:06 am #

      Ha Ha Kris, I remem­ber that evening at Red­lands. I’ll always love know­ing you are mak­ing that icing dur­ing the hol­i­days. Miss you!

  3. ldk July 9, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

    Won­der­ful inter­view! I remem­ber watch­ing Roy Rogers and Sky King on Sat­ur­day morn­ings too. My Friend Flic­ka was anoth­er favorite of mine. : )

    • scribblesinpeacock July 10, 2016 at 4:08 am #

      Yes, I did watch My Friend Flic­ka too. 🙂 Those were the days. Glad you liked the inter­view!

  4. Charles Waters July 9, 2016 at 9:15 pm #

    Thank you for this inter­view! I love learn­ing more about what shaped and con­tin­ues to shape my favourite chil­dren’s poets and authors. Go TEACH Go!

    • scribblesinpeacock July 10, 2016 at 4:09 am #

      Thanks Charles! You are one of the most curi­ous and inter­est­ed peo­ple I know. Will see you in Sep­tem­ber at High­lights! Look­ing so for­ward to it.

  5. David LaRochelle July 15, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

    Great inter­view! I espe­cial­ly like your pho­to from high school. The tilt­ed angle seems very 70-ish! And are those go-go boots?

  6. scribblesinpeacock July 22, 2016 at 1:07 am #

    Glad you liked it, David! Thanks 😉 Those pho­tos are keep­ers, yes? I have too few from that time. I think it was a polaroid maybe. Go-go boot slip­pers if you can believe! But I had white shiny ones too. Ah, the 60s-70s.

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