The Silenced Muse: the Life of a Murdered Jewish Lithuanian Poet

The Silenced Muse: the Life of a Murdered Jewish Lithuanian Poet

Matilda Olkin's short life and her poems stand as a testament that the fragile beauty of the written word gives us strength even in humanity’s darkest hour.Continue Reading →

Fiction – This Is Not My Sky

Fiction – This Is Not My Sky

Hide and Seek; Būda, Lithuania; November, 1950Continue Reading →

Mushroom Hunting in Vermont – Lithuanian Style

Mushroom Hunting in Vermont – Lithuanian Style

You could say that Lithuanians are obsessed with mushrooms, and that would be an understatement.Continue Reading →

The Snake in the Vodka Bottle

The Snake in the Vodka Bottle

"We had not initially set out that morning planning on getting drunk with the subject of Loreta’s interview on oral folk healing practices, 76-year-old Antanina."Continue Reading →

Fiction – This Is Not My Sky

Fiction – This Is Not My Sky

"Mama,” Cathy murmured into Maria's ear, “why did you give me away?”Continue Reading →

Dissidence in Our Blood: Survival in a 1984 Soviet Bunker

Dissidence in Our Blood: Survival in a 1984 Soviet Bunker

“You, obviously, have got to play the dissident. You Lithuanian-Americans were all dissidents to the Soviets.”Continue Reading →

Living in a State of Non-History: Growing Up Lithuanian-American

Living in a State of Non-History: Growing Up Lithuanian-American

For almost half a century, my grandfather stubbornly maintained the New York Consulate of prewar independent Lithuania in a cramped rent-controlled apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.Continue Reading →