Press Release 11/16/16 (Kent, Connecticut) – On Saturday, December 3, at 2:00 p.m. the Kent Memorial Library will host Betty Krasne, Ph.D., writer, professor emerita, and long time Kent resident. She will discuss and sign copies of her newly published book of collected poems, Playing the Part.

Of all her books, Krasne says Playing the Part took the longest to write. Although it is the slimmest of her five works, it is about family, and family she points out “Is constantly change from within, while the idea of family changes from without.” The earliest poem in the book dates to the mid-1960s, when it won a prize and started her on this rendering of family life in late twentieth and early twenty-first century America.

In Playing the Part the writer’s uncompromising gaze takes in difficult realities of relationships: children and parents, parents and children, partners caught by conflicting expectations. While the first part renders ambivalence and alienation as a darker side of family, later poems take the reader from the drama of domestic life to an expanded sense of possibility. The world opens beyond family constraints and Playing the Part becomes a story of transformations, with connection replacing isolation and new roles supplanting old ones.

Playing the Part is an eclectic weave of observations about family. Through the lens of poetry, Krasne transforms difficult phases of life into remarkable beauty. Her heartfelt studies in such poems as “Women of Mexico” and “Wonderwoman on the Wires” are examples of ways her thoughtful offerings capture life’s rhythms. Passionate experience embraced with considerable love characterizes the work in this collection. Krasne’s new book is a remarkable achievement.”Barrie Kavasch, author of Ancestral Threads, Hands of Time, and Haiku Moments

Betty Krasne is the author of five previous books: A Dangerous Thing, A Memoir of Learning and Teaching, and Body Parts, Stories. Also, under the name Betty K. Levine: Hex House, Hawk High, and The Great Burgerland Disaster. For more information about her, visit: and

This program is free & open to public. Her book Playing the Part will be available for purchase & signing after the talk. Please register. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to