Tricia Vita

Mom & me---my first season on the road

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I was six weeks old when my parents took me on the road, parking my baby carriage behind the counter of the carnival games they operated all over New England. As a carny kid I had the run of the midway. My favorite ride was the Tilt-A-Whirl, which I rode in marathon sessions with the show owner's daughter and my doll. My first job was picking up darts and replacing busted balloons in Mom's dart game.

In the wintertime, we lived in my grandmother's house in New Haven, Connecticut,where I attended school. When the carnival season began in April, I became the first correspondence student in the history of St. Anthony's School.

I spent the first 17 years of my life on the midway, often yearning to travel far beyond the carnival circuit. A scholarship took me to Sarah Lawrence College, then to a study-abroad program in Japan, where I spent three years in Kyoto.

After graduating from college with a dual major in Creative Writing and Asian Studies, I landed my dream job in New York City. I worked for the Tokyo publisher Shueisha, scouting projects for the book division and penning "New York Message" columns for the Japanese edition of Cosmopolitan.

Now a New York City-based writer, I live in an apartment that's not much bigger than our old travel trailer. But just as cozy.

In 2001, homesick for the midway I'd left behind, I went on the road with S & S Amusements, touring the Pennsylvania fairs. Since then, I've worked as a game agent with Wade Shows at New York City's Big A Fair, the Delaware State Fair,the Michigan State Fair and the Central Florida Fair, as well as in New York's Coney Island.

Selected Work

Canned Wonders
Charitable competitions produce remarkable feats of Canstruction®
Greetings from Coney Island!
A former carny kid casts an insider's eye on the world's most famous beach amusement park
Bet on the Thin Guy
Upon examining recent advances in speed-eating techniques, we would like to offer you the following advice...
Art Awhirl!
An Empire State carousel maker's dream machine is almost set to spin
Conjuring Houdini
Searching for the spirit of the great escape artist in his American hometown
Step Right Up!
For one fairground art collector it's always a banner year
Short Takes
Sherlock's Home
Sleuthing the mysteries of Gillette's Castle in Connecticut
Log Home Lifestyle
Perfect Harmony
Milled logs of northern white pine from Quebec's Outaouais forest and a holistic design system that originated in India come together in a Vedic-style chalet in the cornfields of Iowa
Blossoming in the Blue Ridge
A city girl finds a new lifestyle, a new career, and recognition as an artist in a picturesque mountain town
A Natural Beauty
A red cedar home blends perfectly with its surroundings in Montana's Stillwater Valley
Stories for Children
The Ten-Woman Bicycle
"A tribute to the role of the bicycle in women's history...humorously told...wittily illustrated," Children's Book Bulletin (UK)
One Thousand and One-Second Stories
A gem of early modernism by the Japanese Dadaist Inagaki Taruho