Wednesday, June 25, 2008


May 27, 1952 - June 24, 2008

Our lovely Crysta died yesterday at 6:01 a.m., probably earlier. Her dear friends George, Irene, Deborah, Cody, Sherry, Monica & others stood vigil through the last weeks. Irene was with her until the end.

Crysta helped define Seattle's literary landscape and we will miss her. Her first book, Heart Clinic, was published by Bellowing Ark Press in 1993. She had been reading for It's About Time since 1992. July's reading will be dedicated to her.

Crysta waged a fifteen year battle against cancer, all the while managing her schizophrenia. She was one of the most courageous people I've known. She died at the VA hospital in Seattle. May her memory be for a blessing.


Anonymous said...

I read some of "Heart Clinic" for my ENG 101 class today and nearly lost it after the first poem "Prayer at 3 a.m.". She was a great poet and a beautiful person. She will be missed -- Mike Hickey.

Peter said...

Thanks for letting me know, Esther. Crysta was a wonderful poet and person. I remember reading with her at Third Place, and also her readings for Pontoon. A big loss.

Anonymous said...

Crysta loved you Esther, and she loved Abe. Thank you for being her friend and believing in her - George Soronto Stamas

Anonymous said...

Crysta was a major role model for me when we worked on a magazine together (and attended Nelson's workshop) in the 1980s. I was too young then to realize how brave she was, but I realize it now.
She was a tough cookie and a fabulous poet.
Posthumous love to Crysta from Angela Sorby.