Memorial set for Kari Edwards – by Zak Szymanski

Friends, family, and colleagues from literary, artistic, and LGBT circles are preparing to honor the late poet kari edwards at a memorial on Friday, April 27, to be held at 7:30 p.m. at the San Francisco campus of the California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street.

Writer, artist, and gender activist, Ms. edwards, who did not use capital letters, was a winner of Small Press Traffic’s Book of the Year Award in 2004, and was a recipient of New Langton Art’s Bay Area Award in literature in 2002. She was the author of obedience (Factory School, 2005); iduna (O Books, 2003), a day in the life of p. (subpress collective, 2002), a diary of lies ? Belladonna #27 (Belladonna Books, 2002), and post/(pink) (Scarlet Press, 2000), among other works.

Ms. edwards died on her 52nd birthday, December 2, 2006, of a pulmonary embolism. She had been seeking treatment for unexplained shortness of breath since October of last year; examinations revealed an enlarged heart but no known cause, and the blood clot was not evident in early X-rays.