Sonja Ann Skarstedt

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OBITUARY SONJA ANN SKARSTEDT 2009 Sonja passed away quietly on July 31, 2009, at the Montreal General Hospital. Sonja was a native Montrealer, born to Clifford W. Skarstedt and Frances Lynch Skarstedt, and is also survived by her husband Geoffrey T. Isherwood, brothers Clifford Jr, Stephen and sisters Colleen, Elaine and Corinne. Sonja graduated from McGill University with a BA in English. She was a poet, a playwright, editor; she was also an accomplished visual artist. From 1987 to 1991 Sonja published and edited the literary journal Zymergy. In 1990, she founded Empyreal Press with the publication of her first poetry collection, Mythographies. Since then, she has published two more poetry collections, A Demolition Symphony (1995), and Beautiful Chaos (2000), an online chapbook Abundances (2007) and a play, Saint Francis of Esplanade (2001). With Aileen Collins and Michael Gnarowski, Skarstedt edited Eternal Conversations (DC Books, Montreal, 2003), a tribute anthology honouring the distinguished poet and man of letters Louis Dudek. Her pen and ink drawings and paintings have appeared on the covers of many literary publications. A posthumous collection of new poems is forthcoming. Special thanks to the staff at Royal Victoria Hospital, Women's Pavillion 5th floor W, especially Krista, and the Palliative Care Unit at the Montreal General Hospital. A memorial celebration will be held on her birthday: October 2, 2009, details pending.
Published in Montreal Gazette from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2009
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