In the early 2000s, a family crisis set Boston physician Lisa Gruenberg on the unexpected path to being a writer. In 2012, she received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Fiction/Creative Nonfiction and, in 2019, published her memoir My City of Dreams. In this carefully researched and hauntingly written memoir, Gruenberg not only records her own life, but also that of relatives long lost to darkness, terror, and murder. In dreamlike sequences, she weaves known facts of the lives of those lost into tableaus of imagined family dinners, conversations and leisure activities set in the Vienna landscape. Join Lisa for reflections on writing, being a doctor during these trying times, and the holiday of lights.
Lisa Gruenberg is a physician on faculty at Harvard Medical School. Her essays have appeared in publications including Ploughshares and The Michigan Quarterly Review. She received the 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship and has presented at the Medicine and the Holocaust Conference in Israel, at bookstores and universities, the Boston Public Library, and upcoming at the LA Museum of the Holocaust. You can find her online athttps://www.lisagruenberg.com/.