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Anya Krugovoy Silver

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Anya Krugovoy Silver (December 22, 1968 – August 6, 2018) was an American poet. She won a Guggenheim fellowship,[1] and a Georgia Author of the Year Award.[2]


Silver was born in 1968[3] in Media, Pennsylvania, but raised in Swarthmore, and graduated from Haverford College,[4] and Emory University.[2] She then became a professor at Mercer University.[5] Her work has appeared in The Christian Century, among other publications.[6]

In 2004, Silver was pregnant and teaching at Mercer University when she was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. She gave birth to son Noah and had a mastectomy. The cancer remained, and her coping with it, along with her son and husband, intensified her poetry.

Silver died at age 49 in Macon, Georgia, on August 6, 2018.[7]


  • ''Scattered at Sea'', Penguin/Penguin Random House, ISBN 9780143126898[8][9]
  • The Ninety-Third Name of God, Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 2010. ISBN 9780807136904, OCLC 695838872[10]
  • I watched you disappear, Baton Rouge, Louisiana : Louisiana State University Press, 2014. ISBN 9780807153048, OCLC 908740255
  • From Nothing, Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 2016. ISBN 9780807163467, OCLC 940795255[11]
  • Second bloom : poems, Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017. ISBN 9781532630071, OCLC 1001883912


  1. ^ "Anya Krugovoy Silver". gf.org.
  2. ^ a b "Historian's memoir wins Georgia Author of the Year Award". news.emory.edu. 2015-07-02. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  3. ^ Martin, D. S., ed. (2016). The Turning Aside. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books. p. 212.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  4. ^ "Roads Taken and Not Taken: Anya Krugovoy Silver '90". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  5. ^ "English Professor Dr. Anya Silver Awarded Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship | Agenparl". Agenparl (in Italian). 2018-04-06. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  6. ^ "Poems of witness". The Christian Century. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  7. ^ Sandomir, Richard (August 10, 2018). "Anya Krugovoy Silver, Poetic Voice on Mortality, Dies at 49". The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "Scattered at Sea by Amy Gerstler, 2015 National Book Award Longlist, Poetry". www.nationalbook.org. Archived from the original on 2018-04-07. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  9. ^ "Scattered At Sea by Amy Gerstler". The Rumpus.net. 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  10. ^ Jennings, Dana (2011-02-09). "Poetry by C. D. Wright, Sarah Riggs and Others". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  11. ^ "Poetry ex nihilo". The Christian Century. Retrieved 2018-04-06.

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