Friday, July 20, 2012


Obituary for Dan Carr

I received the following today in an e-mail from poet friend Terry Hauptman -- Terry asked if I'd post it, and though the news is sad, I'm more than happy to post Terry's words here.

From Terry Hauptman:

Dan Carr

Dan Carr, Ashuelot NH, June 26. Poet, type designer, printer, teacher, environmentalist, human rights activists, and NH State Legislator. He co-founded Golgonooza Letter Foundry and Press, Four Zoas Night House, and Four Zoas Press, all literary presses. He was a man with extraordinary vision that touched the hearts of everyone he met or worked with. He was well read on many subjects including typographic history and the works of William Blake. Dan taught Graphic Design at Keene State College and was well loved by his students whom he sought to inspire. He had earned a Masters of Typographic Punchcutting from the Imprimerie Nationale in Paris and designed four typefaces, two for letterpress: Regulus and Parmenides, and two digital typefaces, Cheneau and Philosophie. He lectured internationally and received awards for his type designs. Dan became politically active during the Dean campaign and began to engage and volunteer his time. He was honored to become a NH House Representative in 2008, and choose to stand up for what he believed rather than keep a safe seat. In his first term he successfully sponsored legislation to form a NH Commission on Native American Affairs. He served two terms in the NH House.

He is survived by is friend, wife and business partner, Julia Ferrari, who likes to say of Dan: "He was one of the best poets of the late 20th century." Dan was born August 24, 1951 in Cranston Rhode Island; he leaves his parents, Dan Carr, Sr. and Emma Carr, his sister Christine Carr, all of Warren RI. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory can be made to the New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs, c/o V. Blanchard, 172 Federal Hill Road, Milford, NH 03055.

A memorial service to honor Dan Carr will be held on Saturday, July 21 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge NH. Friends and public invited.

Thanks for sending this, Terry.

Terry Hauptman's website is here. In addition to being a poet, Terry is also a wonderful artist; examples of her work can be found at the website at the above link.

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