RIP: Maggie Estep, 1963-2014

Poet, novelist, performer and ground-breaker Maggie Estep passed away in Albany of complications on Wednesday (February 12), after suffering cardiac arrest at her Hudson home on Sunday (February 9).

Estep was the author of more than a half dozen books, from “Diary of an Emotional Idiot: A Novel” (1997, Harmony) to “Alice Fantastic” (2009, Akashic Books).

But she was perhaps best known for taking her writings form the page to the stage as a performance poet and poetry slam pioneer. She brought the power of poetry to the MTV generation. She recorded spoken-word albums No More Mr. Nice Girl (1994, Imago) and Love Is a Dog From Hell (1997, Mercury). Yeah, that’s right – a spoken-word album on a major label…

Estep appeared on MTV’s “Spoken Word Unplugged,” PBS’s “The United States of Poetry” and HBO’s “Def Poetry.” The video for her spoken-word track “Hey Baby” was in regular rotation on MTV.

Our deepest sympathies go out to her partner, arts writer Seth Rogovoy, as well as her family and friends. Club Helsinki in Hudson will be hosting a memorial service/concert/reception/party celebrating Maggie’s life from 11am-2pm on Saturday (February 15).

Daniel E. Slotnik’s obituary for Maggie Estep at The New York Times

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