Remembering Russ Nelson by Toni Lumbrazo Luna and Christopher Luna

This Summer we received the sad news that Russ Nelson died on June 30. Russ and his wife, Julie O’Mara, have been regular participants in the reading series for several years. Members of the community who knew Russ shared memories and poems for and by our friend at Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on August 11.

Julie’s portrait of Russ

In October a celebration of life was held at Frenchman’s Bar in Vancouver, WA.

For Julie (Russ’s spouse)

By Toni Lumbrazo Luna

Hold close loved ones

feel the nearness—not

broken by space and

time—but living on,

inside us—by memory,

in dreams—

    it is what we have


    within our hearts.

Christopher Luna and Julie O’Mara
Some of Russ’s personal items

Unending Conversation with Russ

By Christopher Luna

lean in

close enough

to enjoy the shape

of my straw hat

hear the



of tales of

man’s folly

magical forests

and great literature

later we’ll

stand on the sidewalk

truly enjoy each other

as we contemplate

the new world

our kindnesses

might create

Friends and family members take Russ’s ashes to the river.

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