Monday, February 6, 2017

Richard Schnap

Dear Readers & Poets,

I know I recently closed this journal, so I don't know how many of you are still subscribed or reading Black Poppy, but I wanted to share some sad news I received this morning about fellow poet Richard Schnap. As you know, he's been a constant contributor to this journal with his poetry appearing just about every month. He was one of my favorites and also became a good friend to me. His partner emailed me this morning and told me that Richard passed away on Christmas Day. I had no idea and I'm still shocked and completely saddened by this news. I just can't believe it.

I published a chapbook for him last year, under Flutter Press, titled A Wind from Nowhere. He was so excited about finally putting together a collection of poems. If you're interested in purchasing a copy, it is available at this link: or on I'd like to make it available until the end of the month because I know so many of you enjoyed his poems as much as I did. After the end of February, I'm going to retire his book as I don't feel it's right to continue selling it when he's no longer here. All royalties will be sent to his partner, Alice.

Update:  I'm going to continue selling Richard's chapbook through Flutter Press. However, the press will not be earning any royalties, they will continue to be sent to his partner.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear this, Sandy. I enjoyed his poetry too. I'm also mourning the loss of Black Poppy. They seemed to go together somehow.

  2. I really looked forward to reading his work. Peace upon Alice.

  3. I'm so very sorry to hear of his passing Sandy. I enjoyed reading his work here each month. My thoughts and prayers to his family!

  4. He will be missed. Wonderful poet and friend.