Obituary: Leanne Ponder, 1937-2021 | Death notice | Seven days
Leanne Ponder passed away peacefully at her home in East Montpellier, Vermont, on Christmas Eve at 1:45 p.m. after a long illness. She was surrounded by family and friends and received loving care.
She faced her last difficult years with the same strength, discipline, skill and attention to the essentials that she brought to becoming a poet, spoken word artist, Celtic harpist, friend and wife.
His poetry has been published both in small journals and in mass-circulation magazines as diverse as Squire and Locust. A few years ago she released a book of her poems, Tonight not even my skin. She has helped hundreds of children write strong poetry as an Artist-in-Residence in Vermont schools. She spent many years performing statewide as an 1850s peddler, first at the Shelburne Museum and then at the Vermont Humanities Council.
She has had a loving and productive 30-year artistic partnership with her husband, Tim Jennings; their duet storytelling performances with Celtic music were widely recognized as being among the best of their kind; their spoken word albums have received several awards. Self-taught Irish harpist, she released two albums of instrumental music, The Water Kelpie and Sheefra, which were acquired by the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin.
She is survived by her husband, a brother, a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law, as well as many nieces and nephews scattered around the world. There will be a very small memorial service at the house and a happy celebration of life in mid-July 2022.