Poetry. Jewish Studies. GRANDFATHER'S MANDOLIN, by Fran Markover, is a collection of poems deeply rooted in family and what has come before. David Keplinger notes that "in these poems languages and names and articles of clothing seem to have lives, hats are thought to be alive, and names deserve elegies and memorials because they are breathing things that can pass away from this world, if we do not take care. Poem by poem, Markover creates a rich landscape of lives remembered, honored and loved."
Fran Markover grew up as a farmer's daughter in the Shawangunk Mountains. She is a psychotherapist and addictions counselor. Her writing has been informed and inspired by her past jobs: secretary, salesgirl, cafeteria worker, teacher. She has won poetry residencies from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and her chapbook History's Trail was published by Finishing Line Press. GRANDFATHER'S MANDOLIN (Passager Books, 2021) was runner up in Passager's 2020 Morgenthau Poetry Prize contest for a writer 70 or older. Fran lives in Ithaca, New York, with her rescue cats and her husband Ron, who often does the housework so she can have time to write.Author City: ITHACA, NY USA