Blossom Kirschenbaum passed away

Blossom Kirschenbaum died peacefully after a illness at the age of 78 in Providence on November 5th 2011. She taught poetry and writing workshops at RISD 1964-1965 and 1977-1979 and served as EHP First Lady during Baruch Kirschenbaum’s tenure as Chief Critic from 1969 to 1972. She was born in the Bronx and graduated from  Hunter College. She earned a master’s degree in English from Brown University in 1972 and her Ph.D. in English, also from Brown, in 1976. She served on the faculty of MIT, Clark University, URI and UMass, Dartmouth. Dr. Kirschenbaum published scholarly articles in a variety of literary journals and translations of Italian poems and novels. Her most recent translation–“AlphaBetaBestiario” a collection of poems by Antonello Borra (formerly adjunct faculty in RISD’s History, Philosophy and Social Sciences) was released the day before she died.

Blossom is survived by her children, Jennet, Abram and Helena Kirschenbaum and grandchildren, Joshua and Julia Kirschenbaum. Funeral services were private at her request. A celebration of her life is planned for Spring 2012. Those who knew her are encouraged to send their recollections about her life to: rememberblossom@gmail.com. Contributions in her memory can be made to: Hunter College High School, c/o Dr. Tony Fisher, Principal, 71 East 94th St., New York, NY 10128; Italian Studies Department, c/o Mona Delgado, PO Box 1942, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912; Amnesty International, Group 49 www.amnestyusa.org. (excerpted from The Providence Journal on November 20, 2011)

Blossom Kirschenbaum, Division of Liberal Arts, EHP, obituary

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