Judith Fitzgerald (1952 – 2015), Canadian Poet & McLuhan Enthusiast

02Dec15

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Judith Fitzgerald, a celebrated Canadian poet known locally [in Windsor, Ontario] as an “honorary Windsorite,” has died.

According to an obituary, Fitzgerald passed away suddenly but peacefully at the age of 63 in her northern Ontario home on Nov. 25.

Over the course of her 45-year writing career, Fitzgerald produced more than two dozen volumes of poetry, including several published by Windsor-based Black Moss Press.

Her 1991 volume Rapturous Chronicles was nominated for the Governor General’s Poetry Award.

She also wrote well-received biographies on Marshall McLuhan and singer Sarah McLachlan, and contributed pieces to national publications such as The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

Most recently, her volume entitled Impeccable Regret was launched at this year’s edition of BookFest Windsor.

Fitzgerald’s relationship with Windsor began in the 1990s, when she spent time as writer-in-residence at the University of Windsor.

Although her later years were spent in the community of Port Loring, Fitzgerald maintained her connections with Windsor and was treasured by the local literary community. She was scheduled to be one of the invited guests at BookFest in October, but had to cancel due to suffering a fall.

In 2010, Fitzgerald wrote a creative piece for The Globe and Mail entitled “The pen and the pain” that detailed a previous fall, explored her health issues, and wryly warned of “writerly occupational hazards.”

Sarah Jarvis, BookFest Windsor’s organizer, said Fitzgerald will be missed. “She was frail throughout her life, but she was really all about the poetry. She’s part of Windsor’s literary landscape.”

Cremation has taken place at A.M. Paul Funeral Home in Powassan, Ont. Arrangements are being made for a celebration of Fitzgerald’s life.

Source: http://goo.gl/qgG4dn

“Her work is incredible…entirely inventive, deeply moving, and universally attractive.” — Leonard Cohen

“You stand among mountains of media and claw dead-end-t-all spiralyses; you learn the jag laws arteries, the pinto explodes on impact ut, this thing drives you: Lay a little rubber on that information nerveway”. – from her long poem River (1995), inspired by Marshall McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan

Read Judith’s Introduction to her biography of Marshall McLuhan aimed at young adults at her website here: https://goo.gl/8iKWeC

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