Friday, October 02, 2009
Barbara Trachtenberg writes:
30 years as teacher and school psychologist have fed my writing. Lately I teach—prisoners (PEN’s Prison Writing Program), immigrants and literacy teachers, elders and students at Boston U and Harvard. I play with visual art, chamber music and travel and am fluent in Spanish learned from students and combi drivers. My best writing experience was at MacDowell Colony. My writing has appeared at Boston City Hall, in Words and Images, Multicultural Review, ArtsEditor, Latin American Anthropology Review, and The NewEnglander (a Yankee publication). My earliest writing—a 19-year-old hitchhiker’s travel memoir, set in early 60s Western Europe and Hungary—was pushed by my wanting to meet Hungarian relatives. I am a member of PEN New England and past member of Boston’s Writers’ Room. My memoir-in-progress of my mother's life in 1938, connects to my first trip to Hungary. My doctorate in literacy, language and cultural studies and masters in counseling psychology, and in English and special education influence my writing too. My favorite nonfiction characters are Ari and Dov and Noa, my sons and granddaughter.