Taisia Kitaiskaia /
June 19, 2019
‘My Time With the Angels’ and ‘Administrative Assistant’

About The Author

Taisia Kitaiskaia

Taisia Kitaiskaia, a recipient of fellowships from the James A. Michener Center for Writers and The Corporation of Yaddo, is the author of Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers (Hachette/Seal Press), a collaboration with artist Katy Horan, and the accompanying The Literary Witches Oracle (Penguin/Clarkson Potter); Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday Troubles (Andrews McMeel); and the forthcoming The Nightgown and Other Poems (Deep Vellum).

Last summer, fairies visited our house. Winged and one-inch tall, they had slender brown bodies of human proportions, shiny black eyes, and serrated heads like The Simpsons. My husband saw them, too. “How fun,” I’d muse, reading in bed as one hovered over my water glass. “Little insects who look just like fairies!” Discovering a drowned fairy in my glass one morning, I tipped it into the trash instead of saving it for science. Finally I consulted my biologist father, an entomologist, and the internet: all had nothing, and the former two were astonished. By then the fairies were gone. How easy it is to swat away wonder. The fairies will probably never come back, given my foolishness, but reading and writing fairy tales reminds me: the world is at least as magical as it appears.