RIP My Wife of Over 22 years -
Lynn Mayson Shapiro
Lynn Mayson Shapiro, 54, a dancer, choreographer, and writer, died November 19, at Beth Israel Hospital succumbing to complications from breast cancer. For more than 30 years, she was a resident of Soho, her base as a performer and as a choreographer, and where, in 1999, she began her work as a writer.
Ms. Shapiro was born in Washington D.C., and raised in Cambridge, MA. She attended Smith College and was graduated from NYU with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. She choreographed for her own company, The Lynn Shapiro Dance Company, and won several awards for her work, among them fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, and The New York Foundation for the Arts.
In recent years, Ms. Shapiro concentrated on writing. Her poem, Sloan Kettering, won The Pushcart Prize in 2008. Other poems have appeared in the publications, Rattle and Mudfish. A piece excerpted from her memoir entitled, Savage Love at Beth Israel, was published in the literary journal, Fifth Wednesday and was nominated by board of editors for a Pushcart Prize.
Ms. Shapiro is survived by her husband, the cellist Erik Friedlander, with whom she often collaborated; by their daughter, Ava Shepherd Friedlander; and by her parents, David and Jane Shapiro of Cambridge, MA.
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