Fostoria Review Times, August 27, 2013
Elizabeth Ann Porter Shiblaq
The former Elizabeth Ann Porter died Sunday, August 4, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. She was born in Fostoria on March 18, 1935, the daughter of William T. and Elizabeth (Carter) Porter.
Elizabeth Ann married Adnan Shiblaq December 21,1957, in the old Methodist Church in Fostoria. The couple then made their home in Columbus.
Elizabeth Ann was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Thomas. She is survived by her husband, Adnan, and a son, Saladin, both of Columbus; a son, Omar, and granddaughter, Hannah, of Alexandria, VA; brothers, John and William Porter, of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Christina Llewellyn, of Silver Spring, MD; and a sister, Sara Reinhart, of Berwick, OH; several nieces and nephews, and a host of cousins and friends.
She graduated from Fostoria High School in 1953. After graduation she was employed at the Fostoria Public Library and was an active member of the Fostoria Art League. She taught ballet classes in her home on West Fremont Street and danced in the corps de ballet with the Toledo Ballet.
She was a writer and poet who published in scores of periodicals, journals and anthologies under the pen name of Elizabeth Ann James. Many of her poems referred to Fostoria and the people she had known here.
Ms. James gave poetry readings throughout Ohio and at national venues including the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Renwick Gallery of Art, and the Library of Congress. She was host and interviewer for “Writers’ Roundtable” on Columbus cable television, an instructor with Artists In The Schools for the greater Columbus area, and Writer in Residence for the Columbus Public Libraries. She served on the Ohio Arts Council, and was a member of the Ohio Poetry Association. Among her awards were those from the International Journal of James Joyce Studies and the Academy of American Poets.
Elizabeth Ann collaborated with many other poets and artists, writing and directing several plays about famous people, including John Quinn, art collector, who grew up in Fostoria. Her local poetry readings and workshops gave encouragement and instruction to many, and she was eventually recognized as the grande dame of Columbus poetry. In addition to her poetry, she wrote arts reviews for the Columbus Free Press, Short North Gazette, and on her blog, Liz James Art Scene.
Graveside services were held August 9 at Union Cemetery, Columbus. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 1-4 pm, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 West Weisheimer Road, Columbus, OH 43214.