Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dear Readers, Contributors, Friends

With a heavy heart, I want to let you know that we have lost our dear friend Nobius Black, editor and producer of Calliope Nerve. In his honor and memory, I will keep the content up here as long as possible because I think he would have wanted it to stay and for the words he loved to be held in the places he gave them.
Nobius Black, Matthew, was a giving man with a generous heart, who touched many of us in different ways. Many of us were part of his creative world, his writing and publishing world, and we know how important this work was to him. For those of us lucky enough to call him editor, collaborator, friend... here's hoping that we can take pause and remember what he gave us and honor it accordingly.
When I think back on what he had to say about so many of you and the work that he was proud to include here, I wish that I could share his thoughts now, to you each- personally. Please know that he had so much respect and admiration for your work, and truly believed in our community of independent presses.
Thank you for your support of Calliope Nerve.
Lynn Alexander

20 comments:

Jim Benz said...

Damn. He was one of the nicest guys I ever dealt with and I'll miss him.

Howie Good said...

SO SAD.

Anonymous said...

It is very difficult to read about the death of Nobius Black even though I never knew the man apart from the emails we would exchange over the years when he accepted or rejected one of my poems.

He accepted a lot of my work and rejected enough to keep my feet firmly on the ground, And he accepted and rejected work with the same grace and kindness.

What I liked so much was his eclectic taste and his ability to reach out to young writers as well as to those who have been writing for awhile. You never really knew what you might read when you clicked on Calliope Nerve. And there aren't many sites that are like that.

Donal Mahoney

I know that I will miss him and I will certainly miss his site if it ever goes down. Perhaps there is someone out there with skill and the energy to take over the site and continue what Nobius gave birth to.

Some sites can disappear and may not be missed. But this is a singular site that should go if that is at all possible.

Donal Mahoney

Anonymous said...

He was an excellent editor who ran a great journal. He will be missed greatly.

Anonymous said...

My condolences extended to all associated with Calliope Nerve.

carol voccia said...

What beautiful sentiments. I wish I had been able to be in his circle. To be loved and honored in this way is a monument to his spirit. with love, carol voccia

Stephen D. Nadaud II said...

I am sorry to hear about the passing of your friend and colleague, Nobius Black. I did not personally know him, but I feel a deep sadness even though he is in a better place now. My thoughts and wishes go out to you and this publication in these trying times.

Sincerely,

Stephen D. Nadaud II

mondocane said...

Please accept my condolences. It was a privilege to be published in t his journal.
-Peter Marra

Kevin Ridgeway said...

Nobius was an incredibly kind and gracious editor. We had a nice, brief exchange a few months back when he accepted a little wayward piece of mine. I am indebted to him and to all editors. I will remember him, his writing and his editorial efforts fondly.

Anonymous said...

Very nice words, Lynn. My condolences to all of the colleagues of Nobius Black at Calliope Nerve.

Peter McMillan

the publisher, said...

My heart dropped when I read. I am very sorry to hear this news; a great loss to the underground indie lit. My condolences to his family--may his works be remembered.

Anonymous said...

The world lost a great soul. He will be missed and his legacy will be cherished.

- Joseph

pdlyons said...

i am so very sorry to hear this news. it meant alot to me that he published my work and supported the creativity of so many others.
pd lyons

Robert Laughlin said...

I never met Nobius face-to-face, but as a frequent contributor, I corresponded with him often enough to realize that he was a fine person and very dedicated to the service of literature. In his too-short career as an indie publisher, he showed courage and enterprise. He managed to put out a lot of fine writing by novice or semi-established writers, and we should all be grateful that Lynn Alexander will honor him by keeping the Calliope Nerve website up for the foreseeable future.

Sarah said...

I am very sorry. Please accept my deep condolences. This is very sad.

Anonymous said...

I lost my little brother, friend, and my lead Karate Instructor. He will be missed. My world will never be the same.
-Michael Evelsizer

Michael said...

Sad. My condolences.

Anonymous said...

I am ashamed I've only just learned about this. RIP Matt...and my sincerest condolences to his family.

I didn't need to know him in person to know he was a person of fairness and class. He always replied personally and swiftly, and believed in my work more than once. He will be missed by many poets, many people.

donalmahoney said...

I truly hope that a qualified editor can be found to take over the site, provided the family would not object.

It would be a shame if this site were to go down. So much good work.

Amanda said...

I'm so sorry to hear this!

Sundress Publications has a program to provide free hosting space for defunct ezines. Hopefully they can help prolong The Calliope Muse's legacy.