The Luna Moth Papers

Mirrors for One Another in Real Time: A 20-Year Exchange of Letters with My English Teacher

Original printing soft cover autographed copies:

(The new edition may be ordered from XLibris Publishing, Bloomington, IN: Soft cover – $17.99, Hard cover $31.99.)

About The Luna Moth Papers

Shortly after graduating from high school, David Cavagnaro began a correspondence with his 1957 high school freshman English teacher, Katherine Martin. Thus began a 20-year sojourn of mutual mirroring of life lessons, personal philosophies, and creative experince that was influenced by everything from the worldly — the tumultuous 1960s, the tragedy of the Vietnam War, David’s conscientious objector appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, crisis in education, the Civil Rights Movement, the drug years, and the moon landing — to the very personal. David was in and out of marriages (which Kay already had been). They were both writing books. Relationships, raising children, evaluating life styles, the process of aging, the loss of loved ones, and especially sharing their creative lives, all became grist for their mutual mill.

At the end of their correspondence, Kay way 76, looking back over a life, the same age David is now, doing the same, exploring also his own life experince with the written word itself. For them both, this was a “love affair” of the most noble kind, a sharing of words of the heart, a full-circle inter-generational meeting of the heart, mind, and spirit.

Early books by David Cavagnaro

Living Water

With Ernest Braun
1971 American West

This Living Earth

1972 American West

Almost Home

With Maggie Cavagnaro
1975 American West

The Pumpkin People

A children’s book
With Maggie Cavagnaro
1979 Yolla Bolly Press / Sierra Club


With Frans Lanting
1982 Graphic Arts Center