The Loss of a Writer, Teacher, & Activist


“it seems to me that on some level, poetry attempts to get to a deeper truth by trying to describe the indescribable.” — kari edwards

From Kevin Killian:

Yes, it’s true about kari’s death and here in the Bay Area we are all still in shock as I imagine her friends all over the country and elsewhere are as well.

Fran Blau asked me to spread the word about, well, something you can do in kari’s memory if you care to, and that’s to make a donation to Cinema Paradiso, the international cinema in Auroville, the visionary
community in southern India where kari and Fran had spent a happy year + together.

Checks should be made out to:
Auroville Maintenance Fund
and sent to:
Financial Services
Town Hall Annex
Auroville 605101
Tamil Nadu

Please note that it’s to support “Cinema Paradiso” and that your gift is in memory of kari edwards.

Thanks everyone. If anyone needs an update or whatever feel free to get in touch with me,

Kevin K.

“Gender is one of those things that is assumed to be solid, where in reality it is both a social construct and a personal choice. And like everything else gender is neither solid nor permanent, it’s only permanence is perpetrated by the state, family, or the church.” — kari edwards


From Geoffrey Gatza:

Tragic News – kari edwards

It was announced over our many poetry lists that a dear friend and brilliant poet, kari edwards passed a short while ago. I was working with her on her latest book, having been blue for charity. We were set to release it shortly. And with no motive other than coming together for her we have placed this book online as an ebook at her BlazeVOX [books] webpage.


Direct link to book:

This is simply a stunning book and I urge you to spend a moment with kari’s poetry. I don’t know what else to say as I am numb.

Best, Geoffrey

Geoffrey Gatza
BlazeVOX [books]


For Eileen Tabios’ recent review of kari edwards’ book, iduna (O Books 2003), go to Delirious Hem. There will be additional tributes posted there shortly.

“I never think of a community of writers. I think of a community as those that are in my circle. Some are writers, some activists, some artists, or whatever, but there seem to be shared views.” — kari edwards


Interview with kari edwards at Chicago Postmodern Poetry.


“So, let’s get personal, get serious and translate violence into a form, wondering are there more morals coming?” -–kari edwards, from “let us say goodbye” (Tarpaulin Sky)


Interview with kari edwards at Rain Taxi Review of Books.


“Time is one of those unspoken controls put in place and never questioned. We buy and sell time for time off. We’re paid our value by the hour. Time has become another commodity, when what time is really is relative, no matter how we try to corral it into an absolute. So I think that’s one of the issues I wanted to address. What is all the time in the world?” — kari edwards


One Response to “The Loss of a Writer, Teacher, & Activist”

  1. Feministe » kari edwards Says:
    December 11th, 2006 at 7:38 pm e[…] There’s one tribute here, along with some links to her work and interviews. […]


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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

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