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Artist And Poet Siv Cedering Dies at 68

Originally Posted: November 26, 2007

Eileen Casey

Siv Cedering, 68, formerly of Amagansett, died Saturday, Nov. 17, at her farm in Sagaponack.

Artist and writer Siv Cedering.

Born in 1939, in Overkalix, Sweden, Cedering began writing poetry at the age of eight. After immigrating to San Francisco with her parents at age 14, Cedering was self-taught and never received any formal training. She published her first poetry book at age 16, and moved to Bellport at age 18 to start a family. Married to Hans van de Bovenkamp, and after spending many summers in Napeague painting and writing poetry, they relocated to a farm in Sagaponack.

Cedering graduated from San Francisco's Lowell High School, and taught in both graduate and undergraduate writing programs around the country. Invited to give readings of her poetry globally, her work has appeared in more than 200 anthologies, textbooks and magazines. Her book, "Letters from the Floating World" won a place in the prestigious Pitt Poetry Series, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Cedering also wrote many books in her native Swedish, and published a total of 20 books and four works of translation. She won the Best Book of the Year Award in Sweden for her first novel, "Playing in the Pig House," which became a series of children's books and was adapted into an animated television series, which Cedering wrote both the music and provided character drawings. Another novel, "Oxen", was made into a film in 1991 starring Stellan Skarsgard and directed by Sven Nyquist, Ingrid Bergman's longtime cinematographer. The film received an Academy Award nomination for best foreign film.

Cedering gained success as a poet and a fiction writer, and received numerous grants and awards, including the William Marion Reedy Award from the Poetry Society of America, two Pushcart Prizes, an Emily Dickinson Award and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (some of which were received for writing screenplays and children's musicals). She was a member of The Academy of the Arts of East Hampton's Guild Hall, the American Academy of Poets, Poets and Artists, PEN America and the Swedish Writers Union, Sveriges Forfattarforbund. Cedering's newest book of poems, "Vixen," with drawings by artist Connie Fox, is forthcoming from The Pushcart Press.

She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Lora Fox Gamble of East Hampton, and Cedering Fox of California, a son, D. Kell of Oregon, a sister, Solveig Lark and her extended family in Sweden; two stepsons, Eric and Brett Van de Bovenkamp, and nine grandchildren.

Following cremation, the family held a public memorial at the Yardley & Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Friday, Nov. 23. Another memorial and celebration of her work will be held in New York City on Feb. 5 (her birthday). For further information go to www.vandebovekamp.com.

At the grateful request of her family, memorial donations may be made to the East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.




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