Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Nancy Shaw (1962-2007); forwarded by Charles Bernstein
courtesy of the SUNY-Buffalo poetics email list

Christine Stewart wrote to me last night that Nancy Shaw had died. I asked her to send me a brief obituary notice, which I am forwarding to the list. All who knew Nancy will join Christine and me, and the Kootenay School of Writing poetry community, in raging against her death but also celebrating her poetry, poetics, and contribution to the world our poetry collectively makes.


Nancy Shaw born May 24th, 1962, died early Monday morning April 16th, 2007. A founding member of the Kootenay School of Writing in Vancouver, Shaw authored Affordable Tedium (Tsunami 1991) and Scoptocratic (ECW Press 1992). She also collaborated on several chapbooks with Catriona Strang, including Busted (Coach House Books 2001, and most recently Cold Trip (Nomados 2006). In addition, Shaw was a visual artist, curator and wrote for various art catalogues.

A service will be held in Vancouver at St.Andrew's-Wesley Church, 1022 Nelson Ave. at 1:00 PM, Saturday April 21, 2007. Instead of flowers, please donate to the BC Cancer Fund.

I should have been listening
To every word you sang
Rapt pious chant
[from Cold Trip]

Other publications include:

"McLuhan, or Modernism in Reverse Glenn Wilmot"
Canadian Journal of Communication Volume 21, No. 1. 1999.

"The Method is the Message: Rethinking McLuhan Through Critical Theory"
Canadian Journal of Communication Volume 24, No. 1. 1999.

Alan Gilbert to Nancy Shaw, Notes on Cultural Poetics. Open Letter Eleventh Series, No. 3, Fall 2001

"Cloning Scapegoats Martha Stewart Does Insider Trading" Social Text 21.4 (2003) 51-67

1 comment:

Jessica Smith said...

This news makes me sad. I like Shaw's work a lot, and although I only met her once, I have a very good feeling about her. She was so young! What a loss. My sympathies.