Author Archives: Barbara Krasner

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.

Mid-Week Field Notes | June 16, 2021

Some quick things: I finally found the burials of my mother’s mother’s parents! They are buried at United Hebrew Cemetery on Staten Island in the United Hebrew Community section. I now have the exact block, row, and grave numbers. I’ll … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 24

Even if these essays about my immigrant forebears don’t receive publication, I know I’ve been able to somewhat piece together the fragments of their lives into a sort of biography. During a bout of insomnia the other night, I thought … Continue reading

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Mid-Week Field Notes | June 9, 2021

Some quick things: I completed revisions on my Ethel Rosenberg bio in verse. I hope my editor agrees that I completed them! I gave a presentation on Yizkor books (Holocaust memorial books) to my graduate “Reading Yiddish for Holocaust Research” … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 23

Inspired by Toni Morrison’s “Sites of Memory” chapter in William Zinsser’s edited volume, Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir, I began to think about my trip to my grandfather’s shtetl in 2008, recalling my thoughts about the … Continue reading

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Mid-Week Field Notes | June 2, 2021

Some quick things: Still sloughing away at revisions on my Ethel Rosenberg bio in verse. This week I’m back at translating from Yiddish a 1947 journal article about the destruction of eastern Galician Jewry. I should have it completed by … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Week 22

Years ago when I first embarked on my family history journey, I spent a lot of time at the local Mormon stake, ordering and reviewing scores of microfilms. One of the volunteers there said with absolute conviction, “Our ancestors want … Continue reading

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Mid-Week Field Notes | May 26, 2021

Some quick things: I await yet more comments from my editor on my Ethel Rosenberg bio in verse. I know what I’ll be doing over Memorial Day weekend! Today I’m giving my two-minute pitch at the Jewish Book Council’s Author … Continue reading

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#52snapshots–Weeks 20 & 21

I’ve been writing about my maternal great-grandmother Esther Toby Drewno Entel through a “braided essay” class given by Marian Calabro at the Montclair (NJ) adult school. At our last session last week, I began to write about changes in headstone … Continue reading

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Mid-Week Field Notes | May 19, 2021

Three quick things this week: My contemporary YA novel in verse has finally been sent out into the world. It lingered with my agent for months. It’s been called “gritty.” Working hard on a new short story for my Displaced … Continue reading

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Mid-Week Field Notes | May 12, 2021

Four quick things this week: I have joined a Holocaust writing group. Other members are children of survivors. We meet on an ad hoc basis to share our writing and to generate new writing. I am no longer a literary … Continue reading

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