Liz James, a long time member and friend, has passed
We learned this week that local poet and long time Humanist Community member died on Sunday (August 4th).
Liz was an enthusiastic member as the mission of HCCO fit with her support in human rights. She was also a poet of note in Columbus having been a co-founder of the Poetry Forum at Larry’s Bar and organizing the first poetry readings at the Columbus Arts Festival.
“Liz James was the grande dame of Columbus poetry,” Columbus poet Steve Abbott said.
“She was one of the most creative, brilliant and interesting people, at the center of the poetry world in Columbus,” said poet and educator Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld.
In 1998, James co-founded the Umbrella Poets, which presented readings at galleries and bookstores.
She was active in Cows in Flight, one of the first area poetry troupes and a member of the Women’s Poetry Workshop.
There will be a memorial service at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd. on September 7th.
Feel free to add your thoughts about our friend Liz in the comments.