In Memoriam: Chana Bloch (1940-2017)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe were saddened to learn about the recent passing of Chana Bloch, the wonderful poet and gifted translator. (Read her New York Times obituary here.) Chana’s poem “The Joins” is anthologized in Poetry of Presence, due out in late summer.

When communicating with Chana over the past year, we realized her health was deteriorating rapidly as she battled sarcoma. We could only hope she would survive to see our book’s publication and, more especially, to finish the writing project to which she was still devoting her better hours. She was an incredibly generous and gracious correspondent, despite her suffering.

We will remember you, Chana, through your beautiful words and obvious love for your craft. Thank you. Our deepest sympathies to your loved ones as they celebrate your life and carry your memory with them into whatever’s next.

[Photo credit: Chana in her garden, photographer unknown.]

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