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In Remembrance: Tributes to Ten Notable Authors Who Died in 2020

Here are tributes to 10 notable authors who died in 2020 …

Some were theologians, others were writers or other public figures who have shaped our work. They all will be missed!

Diane diPrima
(Beat Poet)

Diane di Prima was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Swarthmore College for two years before moving to Greenwich Village in Manhattan and becoming a writer in the emerging Beat movement. There, she developed friendships with poets Amiri BarakaAllen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Frank O’Hara, and Audre Lorde. After joining Timothy Leary’s intentional community in upstate New York, she moved to San Francisco in 1968.

Di Prima’s poetry mixes stream-of-consciousness with attention to form and joins politics to spiritual practice. In an interview with Jacket magazine, di Prima spoke about her life as a writer, a mother, and an activist. “I wanted everything—very earnestly and totally—I wanted to have every experience I could have, I wanted everything that was possible to a person in a female body, and that meant that I wanted to be mother.… So my feeling was, ‘Well’—as I had many times had the feeling—‘Well, nobody’s done it quite this way before but fuck it, that’s what I’m doing, I’m going to risk it.’”  [ bio via The Poetry Foundation ]

Read an obituary from The NY Times

Books by Diane DiPrima

 

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