Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The Passing of Anne Marie Marra, 55

A sad note from the Hudson Valley Writers' Center:

We note with great sadness the passing of our dear friend, Anne Marie Marra, on March 17. Anne Marie was one of our Third Friday Open Mike hosts and had been scheduled to host on March 20. A talented poet, musician, painter, and quilt-maker, she competed in August at the National Poetry Slam in Madison, Wisconsin as part of the 2008 White Plains Poetry Slam Team. Anne Marie's inimitable humor, warmth, and kindness touched all who knew her, and we are fortunate to have had her as part of the Writers' Center family. Our May Open Mike will be dedicated to Anne Marie's memory and creative spirit.

Meanwhile, tonight's poetry reading at the White Plains Library will be dedicated to Anne Marie. I have posted a YouTube video above of Anne Marie reading one of her poems. Although I can't say that I knew her personally, I do remember her as being a very enthusiastic reader and host of the open mic series. I also remember her graciousness as a listener when others were reading their work.

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