About The Author
Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones. So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.
January 27, 2022
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Of the 44 men who have served as President of the United States, 32 have stopped in Rochester...Read More
Twelve Corners Memorial Park, Brighton, NY 4/5/18 [Photo: David Kramer] Recently, the Rochester...Read More
Kurt Vonnegut’s 1995 “Billy Pilgrim” pilgrimage to the Mt. Hope grave of Edward R. Crone Jr, Brighton High School ’41
Provided by Rosemary Lloyd. Signed copy of the 25th anniversary edition of Slaughterhouse-Five by...Read More
Adam Bello at the 2019 Labor Day Parade. [Photo: David Kramer] SEE ALL PHOTOS 2015 – 2021...Read More
Dr. Joseph Roby could not save Lenore Engel, 11, victim of the 1918 pandemic buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery
Growing up on 39 Wilkins Street near Joseph Avenue in a German, possibly Jewish, family, Lenore...Read More
The bus stop on Court Street [Photo: David Kramer, 9/4/20] Last Friday, September the 4th, I heard...Read More
In search of the missing 19 granite timepieces at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: 1973 – September 11th, 2001
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park. The area that contained the missing last 19 granite...Read More
[Talker of the Town is on the screen. Photo: David Kramer, see Happy Birthday Mom, we miss you so]...Read More