Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sharon H. Nelson (January 2, 1948 - June 12, 2016)

Sad news from Montreal. Sharon H. Nelson was one of the earliest above/ground press authors. Her chapbook Book Ends appeared with the press on April 25, 1995 (the first above/ground press item to hold an ISBN #) to correspond with her reading at The TREE Reading Series. She was forceful and opinionated, but always supportive. She was an important early author in the press' history, and will be missed.

From the Montreal Gazette:
NELSON, Sharon
1948 - 2016
Sharon H. Nelson
was born on January 2, 1948 and died peacefully at home on June 12, 2016 after a short illness. She will be sadly missed by her husband of 44 years, Peter Grogono, and her family and friends. Professionally, Sharon was an author of poems, plays, essays, political analyses, and literary reviews; an editor, teacher, and journalist; and an active feminist who co- founded the Women's Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets. Personally, she was generous hostess, peerless cook, meticulous gardener and, above all, a real mensch. We are grateful to Dr Goffredo Arena, Dr Golda Tradounsky, and many nurses and orderlies, for their skills, compassion and support during the final phase of her life. The funeral service will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Foret, Outremont, QC, H2V 2P9, 514-279-6540. Instead of flowers, please send donations to the NDG Food Depot.

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