Heather A. Slomski was awarded a Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant to travel to Krakow, Poland for six weeks to do research for and to draft her novel-in-progress, The Starlight Ballroom. The Starlight Ballroom takes place in Krakow and tells the fictionalized, somewhat fantastical story of the lives and deaths of her paternal grandparents. She was also awarded a Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant to work on this book.

Here are a few photos from the trip:

Rynek Główny (Old Town)

Rynek Główny (Old Town)

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St. Mary’s Basillica

Stary Kleparz (market)

Cukiernia (Confectionery)

New Bone at Piwnica pod Baranami (Krakow Summer Jazz Festival)

Obwarzanki stand

Kazimierz courtyard (Jewish District)

Heather A. Slomski is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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