Marsha Kunin of Amherst died Aug. 6. Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of Elliott and Eleanor Kunin. She lived most of her life in Amherst. She was an award-winning poet and published four volumes of poetry: Out of Its Cage (2012), Ho Toy, Good Fortune (2013), This Garden, These Woods (2015), and Peregrines Nesting and Other Poems (2017). She was the recipient of numerous degrees, honors, and awards from Mt. Holyoke College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Rutgers University, among them membership in Phi Beta Kappa. She edited hundreds of books, for companies such as Princeton University Press, Random House, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, and HarperCollins. She is survived by a sister, Lisa; a brother Josh; an uncle, Mort; sisters-in-law, Janet and Nina; a brother-in-law, Jeff; and nephews and nieces Sarah, Kimani, Samara, Noah, Jake, Maya, Natan, and Rivkah. She was predeceased by a brother, Paul. Memorial contributions may be made to the Worcester County Poetry Association; or to the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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