Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things this week:

  1. I learned yesterday that my proposed talk for the 2021 Northeast MLA Conference (virtual) about Yizkor books (town-based Holocaust memorial books) as folk objects was accepted. The talk will be based on papers I wrote about Yizkor books in my PhD program.
  2. Finding inspiration: I continue to make connections on Ancestry to long-lost branches of the family. My family history inspires my academic research and also my fiction writing. I’ve started a new short story about a teenager from Vienna who lands in Scotland via a Kindertransport, loosely based on my grandmother’s first cousin’s experience. I also attended an American Jewish Historical Society webinar yesterday about Jewish gangsters and think I may have found the basis for a new documentary poetry project I’m starting in January.
  3. The Dodge Poetry Festival starts on Thursday! This is the first time I’m attending.

Stay safe!

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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2 Responses to Mid-Week Notes

  1. Arlene Schenker says:

    Barabara, You’re always doing something new and fascinating. Congrats on your talk being accepted!

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