New Issues lost a dear friend and poet this past Tuesday, April 8, when Julie Moulds Rybicki passed away after a failed bone marrow transplant. Her battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma lasted sixteen years, and she was a fighter. A woman of extraordinary talent and impossible positivity, Julie's poetry reflected her ability to be both brutally honest and yet find the fantasy and beauty in every situation.
The poems of Woman with a Cubed Head (New Issues, 1998) were called "unflinching, funny, and wise" by Denise Duhamel. Vince Gotera of North American Review said in a review, ". . . we are aware that a life-and-death struggle is going on: chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants, 'anti-fungal mouth medications,' the indefatigable love of a husband.”
"The Woman with a Cubed Head" by Julie Moulds on the New Issues website.
Read the Kalamazoo Gazette's story on Julie.
Photo by Mary Whalen.