Fry, a much-loved Washington area poet and teacher, died suddenly on Friday
evening, September 23rd. A longtime member of the academic faculty at the
Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, Nan also taught poetry workshops for
many years at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to short
stories appearing in various venues, Nan, who grew up in Connecticut and earned
a PhD in Medieval Studies at Yale, published a collection of poetry, Relearning the Dark with Washington
Writers Publishing House in 1981 and, in 1988 with Sibyl-Child Press, a
delightful chapbook of riddle poems, Say
What I Am Called: Selected Riddles from the Exeter Book, translated from Anglo-Saxon. Her poem
“Riddle” (see below) appeared as a transit system poster in Baltimore,
Washington, and Ft. Collins as part of the Poetry Society of America’s “Poetry
in Motion” program. A memorial for her will be planned for
later in the year.
read more about Nan’s career, publications, and teaching philosophy, please
click on the links below:
We are animal
groans the body makes,
the shrill keening of grief,
pain and rage howled out,
grunts of satisfaction,
someone crooning to her young.
We're animal cries becoming
human, five daughters
of your mother tongue.