Things We Love: Picks from Louise Robertson

Louise Robertson
Louise Robertson at the Book Loft

Louise Robertson is a poet who makes her living as a web developer. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, she now lives in Bexley with her two kids, a large cat and a rescue pit bull. Among her many publications and honors is a jar of homemade pickles she received for running a monthly writing workshop.

A few weeks ago, Robertson published her first novel, The Experiment Known as Rose Marie Hernandez Williamson, a YA science-fiction story about a kid born in space. Join her at Streetlight Guild, 1367 E. Main St., for the book launch at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24. Here are some things she loves.

Ginkgo trees

There’s a broad-shouldered ginkgo tree that lives in a corner of the Topiary Park where I’ve spent many Downtown lunchtimes. All of the Central Ohio parks are wonderful, from the Park of Roses to the hills of Highbanks (good for training) to the rails-to-trails paths. These parks and trails are fantastic places to ride, walk and relax. But the Topiary Park and that ginkgo tree are my favorite.

The Pelotonia

The Pelotonia is the best sports-oriented fundraiser I’ve ever participated in. The volunteers are friendly. The mission is focused. And the decentralized marketing strategy is genius. It’s a good ride for a good cause, and probably why I know and love the bike trails around here so well.

Streetlight Guild

A new love of mine, the Streetlight Guild is a cultural organization that boasts an ever-renewing art gallery, tons of live music and poetry, and events that happen spontaneously as a response to whatever’s going on. Example: Scheduled the day after her passing, the Toni Morrison reading wake was a simple and profound way to honor the author and support people to whom she meant so much.

Columbus-area restaurants

I couldn’t pick one. I have Pita House near my house for amazing falafel. Thai Paradise is the go-to restaurant for me and the kids (in Pickerington and Athens). Flavor 91 has a menu I’m slowly working my way through because I don’t want to miss anything. That’s also true for the teas at the Zen Cha Cafe and Tea Room. And you can actually taste the love and affection served at Way Down Yonder.

Writers’ Block Poetry at Kafe Kerouac

I go there for the poetry. Even when it’s bad (and open mic poetry has no limits), it’s great. You can’t get anything like it at a big box store or online retailer. In fact, I’ve gone there for the poetry so much that they’ve let me be on staff for a while now.