This past Saturday, May 11 the Dane County Area Genealogical Society had an awesome presentation by Cynthia Marie Hoffman, author and poet called “Call Me When You Want to Talk about the Tombstones”.
Her book of poetry and genealogy,
‘Call Me When You Want to Talk about the Tombstones’, chronicles the genealogical research Hoffman and her mother conducted in 2008, which included visits to some of her ancestors’ homes and many of their graves.
Cynthia is the author of the three poetry collections -Sightseer, Paper Doll Fetus, and Call Me When You Want to Talk about the Tombstones, as well as the chapbook Her Human Costume.
Hoffman is the recipient of a Diane Middlebrook Fellowship in Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and a Director’s Guest fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. She has taught creative writing and composition at George Mason University, the University of Wisconsin, and Edgewood.
I was referred to Cynthia by a client I did work for in Madison, WI. An example of how genealogy can bring people together and build a community, which we are all part of in history.