A series of intimate and captivating interviews by Rachel Zucker with poets and artists about quotidian objects, experiences or obsessions, Commonplace conversations explore the recipes, advice, lists, anecdotes, quotes, politics, phobias, spiritual practices, and other non-Literary forms of knowledge that are vital to an artist’s life and work. One feels, when listening to Commonplace, the pleasure of eavesdropping on the kind of unexpected, intriguing connections that only happen when interesting people sit together in a small room and talk about their real concerns and ordinary lives.

Episode 66: Sarah Gambito

Episode 66: Sarah Gambito

Rachel Zucker speaks with poet, professor and co-founder of Kundiman Sarah Gambito about writing after the 2016 election, their shared love of cooking, experiments in non-traditional teaching, going back to the ancients and redefining the goals of the creative writing workshop to include: care (of self and other), nourishment, joy and abundance. Gambito describes the loneliness she felt moving to New York in her mid-twenties, how and why she and Joseph Legaspi co-founded Kundiman (“a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature”) and how sometimes you need to buy a snow-cone machine.


Books by Sarah Gambito

Loves You (Persea, 2019)

Delivered (Persea, 2009)

Matadora (Alice James, 2004)

Other Books and Writers Mentioned in the Episode

Dan Harris’ 10% Happier (Dey Street Books, 2019)

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Joseph Legaspi

Myung Mi Kim

Other Relevant Links


Vedas scriptures

Elaine Retholtz

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Episode 67: John Biewen

Episode 67: John Biewen

Episode 65: Hillary Frank

Episode 65: Hillary Frank