Annah Karen Sobelman , 1954-2017


Annah Karen Sobelman
Passed away peacefully in her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 31, 2017 after a six year brave journey with breast cancer. She was born on January 16, 1954 in Los Angeles, CA to William and Vieanna (Knutson) Sobelman. With an exuberance for life and a laugh that filled the universe, ‘Annah accomplished much in life. A graduate of the University of Southern California, she then went on to Pepperdine Law School where she received her JD and taught, and New York University School of Law where she received her JD in Corporate Law. Her true passion however was poetry. She attended the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, and received her MFA from New York University. As a gifted and fearless poet, ‘Annah authored The Tulip Sacrament (Wesleyan University Press, 1995) and In The Bee Latitudes (University of California Press, 2013). An extraordinary, encouraging, and enthusiastic teacher, she influenced the lives of many young poets while teaching at the University of Montana in Missoula, St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM, and in private poetry workshops in her home in Taos, NM. In the late 80's she founded and edited The Taos Review. ‘Annah loved music, the piano, art, romance, poetry, movies, adventure, nature, fishing, animals and her friends where she acquired many while living in Taos 1988-2003, 2014-2016; Santa Fe 2016-2017, Los Angeles 2011-2014, and her beloved Florence Italy 2003-2011. Predeceased by her parents, ‘Annah is survived by her beloved dog, Katie Katherine, cousins Kathleen Powell of Gilroy, CA, Emily Powell of Dallas TX, her Aunt Ruby Walker of Gilroy, and many other cousins, as well as numerous close friends across the US and in Italy. Donations can be made to: Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA MFA in Creative Writing
Much appreciation to Ambercare Hospice of Santa Fe, and Elite Home Health Care for their loving care. Private memorial will be held at a later date.


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