In Memoriam Roberta Spear

April 2005
Great River Review;Spring/Summer2005, Issue 42, Preceding p1
Academic Journal
The article presents information about poetess Roberta Spear. She was born in Hanford, California, thirty miles from Fresno. In 1974, she married Jeffrey Shelby and in 1979 they moved to Winston Salem, North Carolina, where he completed medical school. They returned to Fresno because of the random lottery assignment of medical residency. They settled in and raised two children. Roberta became an essential part of the Fresno poetry community, bringing people together at potlucks and poker games, deepening her friendships with her mentors and welcoming in new poets.


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