Sunday, October 24, 2021

Poet Doris Diether is found dead at 89

A reading and reception took place in Red Street Cemetery, Long Island City, New York

“Doris was a literary figure that must be commemorated,” said Dan Wilbur, co-founder of the group Dudes & Gentlers that organised the reading in Red Street Cemetery in Long Island City, New York on Tuesday, March 20. “She was the guardian of not only Greenwich Village but New York itself.”

Doris Diether was 89.

Doris Diether was born in Germany, and was fast-tracked to Bachelors in Teaching at the University of Frankfurt and served as an Army Nurse in the Central European area of Europe after the second world war. Her path crossed with the poets and artists of the borough of Greenwich Village and the Village Voice.

She died suddenly on Sunday, Mar. 4 in her Manhattan apartment, after suffering a heart attack.

Doris Diether, pictured on L-R: Dan Wilbur, and Leonard McCabe in 2006.

“She was never concerned with the material. She was always a compiler, a traveller,” said Leonard McCabe, friend and frequent translator of Diether’s work.

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