Poetry: In the Garden of Old Age by Nina Freedlander Gibans

In the Garden of Old Age by Nina Freedlander Gibans is a series of poems about memory – collected ideas from a  life rich with continuous interactions — ideas and people, spaces and inner thoughts colliding daily in these summary years which pile up and tumble to the pages like leaves in fall. The poems are accompanied by the photographs of Abby Star.

Nina is currently working on several new projects including another volume of poetry and images.

“It has been exciting to work with Nina these past few years,” says her publisher and frequent editor Jared Bendis. “After her husband Jim passed in 2018, Nina showed me a box of letters he wrote to her when they were dating and he was off in Europe on a Fulbright and then after they married when he was in basic training in the Army. While Nina is creating new volumes of poetry we are also going through and assembling these letters into a new book which will come out next year.”

The author was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932. She attended Wellesley College, 1950-52, and earned a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1954. Her M.A. was earned from Western Reserve University in 1966. Nina Freedlander Gibans’ life has been spent as an arts advocate, administrator, author and teacher as well as a community volunteer. Professional and volunteer life become integrated as these activities have focused on the Poet’s and Writer’s League of Greater Cleveland, Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Artists Foundation the Ohio Citizens for the Arts, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, Shaker Heights Public Library and as staff at the Cleveland Area Arts Council, Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Children’s Museum. Nationally, she has served on the predecessor board of the Americans for the Arts.

Poetry has been her art form since childhood. ◊

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