Q: What is your favorite bean?
A: I love many of them, but chickpeas have claimed a special part of my heart. I also have a real fondness for lentils, however, technically, lentils are legumes, not beans, thus, no contest.
Q: What are your pronouns?
Q: What are you doing right now professionally?
A: I serve as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Fairtrade America.
Q: Whose words of poetry have captured your spirit?
A: Time and again, I find myself returning to Wendell Berry and to Mary Oliver. I also really appreciate how Ross Gay crafts his essayettes in The Book of Delight—they’re prose, but they have a lyricism and a deep seeing of the ordinary, which, by me, is the essence of poetry.
Q: What is your position on dog-earring books?
A: I used to think that it was desecration, but now I consider it the highest form of compliment, especially when paired with thoughtful marginalia (the OG asynchronous conversation).
Q: What brings you joy?
1. Washing my dishes by hand with the assistance of two basins that fit just so in my sink. While scrubbing and rinsing, I sing along to a CD by John Mayer, or Lizzo, or Rachael Weasley, or Andrea Bocelli. It works quite well because running the faucet is loud, but once the basins are filled, that’s a moot point. All at once I’m singing, bringing order, and feeling the goodness of warm water.
2. Being surprised by people’s thoughtfulness (like when I got sick, and my elderly parents walked thirty minutes to bring me a pint of Phish Food ice cream).
3. That very first moment when I realize that one of my houseplants is beginning to bud after a quieter season of dormancy.
Q: Are you on Instagram?
A: Intermittently, yes--at the handle: @caly_mcccarthy.
Q: Where have you contributed your energy in the past?
A: I have worked and volunteered in a beautiful array of places, including but not limited to: an organic CSA, a college archive, a Smithsonian curatorial department, a locally owned hardware store, a biodynamic seed company, a global forest research network, a progressive church, and an independent card and gift shop. Curious about the nitty gritty timeline and task breakdown of my work experience? I refer you to my LinkedIn profile.