Curator of Poets and Poetry Series-Elkins Park, Pennsylvania  2001-2011 

    Poet Arthur Krasnow passed away today after a brief illness. Arthur was 87 years old and is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pearl, and 3 daughters.  He shared his poetry on a regular basis at The Philadelphia Poetry Forum for many years and founded The Poets and Poetry Series which ran for 10 years to packed houses at the Elkins Park Library.

Arthur graduated from the United States Naval Academy and the graduate program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Ahead of his time he founded The Atomic Personnel, Inc. the first employment agency specializing in “high tech” in 1959.  A linguist, he was fluent in French, Russian, German and Yiddish. He tutored Russian immigrants for over 15 years in English. He was an avid gardener raising vegetables and American Beauty Roses.  His poem “The Midnight Watch” was published in Shipmate, the Naval Academy Alumni Magazine.

Following are photographs of Arthur at The Fox Chase Reading Series








He will be buried at 10 a.m. precisely at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA 18940.  Shiva will be held at the home of Judith & Martin Trichon on Tuesday & Wednesday evening.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elkins Park Free Library, 563 Church Rd, Elkins Park, PA19027.


2 responses to “ARTHUR KRASNOW

  1. rodger lowenthal

    A nice man devoted to poetry, among other things.

  2. I knew Arthur Krasnow since 1998; met him at the Philadelphia Poetry Forum (Summer Breeze) and co-hosted for a number of years at Elkins Park Library. (I assisted in the open reading part of the venue and gave him names of poets to have read in the featured section of the event).

    Fondest memories of Arthur. He wrote three poems that I always loved ~ “Rose” about his mother; forget the titles of the other two, but one was about a Bartlett pear, when you thought it was about a shapely woman, and the other was about a toothpaste tube. They were humorous poems that everyone laughed at, which he loved. The one about Rose was heartfelt and beautifully written. He will be missed in the poetry world, as he was a gracious host at Elkins Park Library. It is fitting that donations go there.

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