Sweet Connections: Kristine Langley Mahler

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

 Name: Kristine Langley Mahler
Title of Piece published in SweetDominant/recessive
Issue:  9.2

kristinelangleymahler_photoFind her:


Kristine can be found in the suburban prairie just outside Omaha, Nebraska. You can find out more about her on her website www.kristinelangleymahler.com.


What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

I completed my master’s degree!

Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

I’m still doggedly pursuing the privilege of home by examining my family’s four-hundred-year occupation on native land in Quebec, Wisconsin and Minnesota, but I am also nearing the completion of my book-length erasure of a 1963 Seventeen etiquette guide for teen girls

Who is your favorite author?

To look at my shelves, I’d have to say Margaret Atwood since I’ve got nearly every book she’s ever written, but I prize the two books Jo Ann Beard has written like gold.

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

House of Rain by Craig Childs

What inspires you to write?

Shifts in memory

What is your favorite sweet?

Mahler peachblueberrypiePeach-blueberry pie with pecan crumble topping

3C blueberries
3C peeled/sliced peaches
1/2C sugar
zest + juice of one lime—combine and let it juice for 10 minutes.

Mix 3T cornstarch + 2T sugar, stir into the juiced fruit.

Cook in a basic pie crust at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

While it’s cooking, combine 3/4C flour, 3/4C pecan halves, 1/2C sugar, 1/4t salt + 6T cold, chopped butter in a food processor and pulse until it becomes crumbly. Add 1T milk, transfer the crumbs to a bowl, and rub between fingers until they make large crumbs. Refrigerate and spread on the top of the pie after the 30 minutes have elapsed. Reduce oven to 375 and cook for another 35 minutes.


That pie is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Thank you, Kristine, for taking the time to reconnect with us.  We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!