Wednesday, June 25, 2008

With Great Sadness

We received word that poet Aleda Shirley passed away earlier this week after a long battle with cancer.

She was the author of three collections of poetry, Dark Familiar (Sarabande Books, 2006), Long Distance (Miami University Press, 1996), and Chinese Architecture (University of Georgia Press, 1986), which won the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Prize. She received, among many other awards, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Mississippi Arts Council.

More information about Shirley can be found here. A review of Dark Familiar by former IR poetry editor Hannah Faith Notess can be found here.

She will be greatly missed.

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