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This past year has been a year of loss and grief–for Bloodroot and the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched almost all of our lives and many of us have lost family members, friends, and community members. In addition, two cherished members of our community passed since our last volume. We mourn the loss of Deloris Harrison Netzband, who cofounded and co-edited this magazine for many years. We remember her for her intense and brilliant literary work, her commitment to the community and the way she embraced friendship. Around here, everyone knew Deloris Harrison Netzband and Do Roberts as a pair of best friends. They were known as Do and Do and arm-in-arm, they created space for the literary arts by founding this magazine and creating countless events and opportunities for writers in their community and beyond.
Deloris Harrison Netzband was both a gifted writer and a shining light. She will be sorely missed in the Upper Valley literary community. A full obituary can be accessed here:
We also lost local poet, teacher, and mentor Gary Lenhart this year. Gary was the author of several volumes of poetry and literary criticism. He taught writing for over twenty years at Dartmouth College and is remembered by his many students for his courses on Modern American Poetry and his poetry workshops.
A wonderful profile of Gary Lenhart, written by Bloodroot contributor James Washington, Jr is available here:
We can’t describe our dear friend better than Jim has in this profile, but we grieve for him and urge you to revisit the work he published in Bloodroot Volume 10:
Getting this issue of Bloodroot ready to go out into the world has been uniquely challenging and has lacked much of the spirit and joie de vivre with which we have been accustomed to launching a new volume. This is the second issue we’re launching in which we can’t invite the community to gather in person to celebrate, read, drink, snack and connect. Community building is at the heart of Bloodroot and as soon as we can meet safely, we will invite everyone to do so. In the meantime, please enjoy this work we’ve curated from the Upper Valley and well beyond.
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