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Memorial Service: September 7, 2013

Please help us celebrate Elizabeth’s life and work.  A memorial service will be held  Saturday1150394_223659457788183_94224488_n, Sept 7 from 1-4 pm, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W Weisheimer Rd, Columbus, OH 43214.

I know it’s late, but if you cannot come to the service and you’d like to have your thoughts about her included, please email them to me at maddogmarley@att.net and I’ll make sure they get heard.

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Obituaries: Fostoria Review Times, August 27, 2013

Fostoria Review Times, August 27, 2013

Elizabeth Ann Porter Shiblaq

1208892_10200376427677569_1699172268_nThe 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.

Columbus Free Press mourns the death of Elizabeth Ann James, poet and activist

I wrote the tribute to Elizabeth Ann which was pusblished in a slightly different version of the Columbus Free Press, August 8 2013. – Marley Greiner

1150394_223659457788183_94224488_n We were saddened to learn of the death of Columbus activist and nationally recognized poet Elizabeth Ann James last Sunday, August 4. Elizabeth was a long time supporter of the Free Press and other local independent media. where she covered the local cultural arts scene. At one time she was a regular contributor to the FP and in the mid-late 1980s we shared a poetry column here.

 Elizabeth was one of the first people I met when I moved to Columbus in 1979. (The late FP editor Libby Gregory was the first.) EA, as I like to call her, encouraged me to write, create, and learn. We were early members of Writers Roundtable, where good, bad, and ugly writers met monthly to vent, test our work, and cement friendships that last to this day. EA liked to hold potlucks–more like salons with a mixture of artists, writers, and political activists and neighbors–and poetry“workshops” at her home (where she also taught ballet, which I manged to avoid). I remember one such event where we read Amy Lowell as an exercise, and then attempted to write something along those great lines. Sometimes she’d pass out autumn leaves or construction paper cut into shapes, or costume jewelry, and expect us to wax poetic on them. She was a master of the “found poem” picking up scraps of overheard conversation, often picked up during her tenure as a sample lady in supermarkets, and turning them into surreal narratives of strangers.

 In the early 1980s (the date escapes me at the moment) EA and I founded Cows in Flight, Columbus’ first poetry band. We were joined by Mike Dittmer and WOSU-AM’s Fred Andrle, who as it turned out, was surprisingly Druid in style and content.. COF made history and the national news when we performed a poetry reading at the old Clintonville White Castle at3:00AM.

 Elizabeth was also a co-founder of the The women’s Poetry Workshop, Umbrella Poets , the Poetry Forum at Larry’s, her special group,. Muses,, and often performed at the Cultural Arts Center, the Columbus Arts Festival, bars, and other non-traditional” venues She published in quality journals all over the country.

 Elizabeth worked tirelessly for human rights and dignity through her art.. She was a member of Central Ohioans for Peace,

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Central Ohioans for Peace to Remember Elizabeth

Thanks to Bob Roehm for the heads up!

From: Melonie Buller <mlbuller@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Subject: [COFP] Elizabeth Ann James
To: Central Ohioans for Peace <central-ohioans-for-peace@googlegroups.com>

From Central Ohioans for Peace:

Today’s Columbus Dispatch included the news that Liz James died last
Saturday, August 4.

Here’s a link to the story:
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2013/08/07/poet-worked-to-promote-her-craft-human-rights.html

Here’s a link to the obituary:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dispatch/obituary.aspx?n=elizabeth-ann-shiblaq&pid=166292339&fhid=8713

We will take some time at Monday’s meeting to remember Liz.

Peace,
Melonie

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Liz James, a long time member and friend has passsed, Humanist Society

Liz James, a long time member and friend, has passed

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Our friend Liz JamesWe 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.

Elizabeth Ann James: Poet worked to promote her craft, human rights

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.

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Obituary: Elizabeth Ann James Shiblaq, legacy.com

Shiblaq (James) Elizabeth Ann Shiblaq, age 78, passed away August 4, 2013 in Columbus, OH. Elizabeth was an award winning poet, art critic and a columnist for the Short North Gazette. She was a peace activist as well as a ballet instructor. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents Elizabeth and William Porter of Fostoria, OH. She is survived by her husband, Adnan Shiblaq; sons, Saladin, Omar; and granddaughter, Hannah, both of Alexandria, VA.; sisters, Christina Lewellyn and Sara Rinehart; and brothers, John and William Porter. Friends and family may call Friday, August 9, 2013 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the WEIR-AREND FUNERAL HOME, 4221 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214 (3 blocks S. of Henderson Rd.). Graveside service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. at Union Cemetery, 3349 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43202. A memorial service will also be held September 7, 2013 from 1-4 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. Please visit http://www.weirarendfuneral.com to sign the official online condolence book and send flowers – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dispatch/obituary.aspx?n=Elizabeth-Shiblaq&pid=166292339#fbLoggedOut

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Elizabeth Ann James: Poet worked to promote her craft, human rights, Columbus Dispatch, August 7, 2013

liz jamesElizabeth Ann James: Poet worked to promote her craft, human rights
by Michael Grossberg
The Columbus Dispatch Wednesday August 7, 2013 6:44 AM
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Central Ohio is mourning poet and human-rights activist Elizabeth Ann James, who died on Sunday. She was 78.

A leader in organizing area poetry events since the 1970s and a co-founder of the Poetry Forum at Larry’s, James helped organize 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.
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