Three quick things this week:
- 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.
- 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.
- The Dodge Poetry Festival starts on Thursday! This is the first time I’m attending.