About the Artists

Judith Robinson is an editor, teacher, fiction writer and poet. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. She was editor of Living Inland, author of the Beautiful Wife and Other Stories and poetry editor of Signatures. She currently teaches poetry at Carnegie Mellon University. She is editor of Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami (Bayeux Arts), and co-editor with Michael Wurster of Along These Rivers: Poetry and Photography from Pittsburgh (Quadrant).

“Because there are no words, There can be no poems”   from The Shock That Went Away

This is a powerful line from one of Judith Robinson’s most resonant poems in The Blue Heart, a collection of poetry that pays tribute to the survivors of the Holocaust, those who didn't survive, and those people and institutions who keep the memory of those victims alive. Ms. Robinson, an award-winning poet and fiction writer dedicated this book to one particular institution: The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh.

Kara Ruth Snyder is a visually impaired expressionist painter who primarily works in an abstract style. Her favored media are acrylics, charcoal, ink and pastel, as well as textural elements such as sand, pumice, and fiber. What is most important to her in her work is examining the meditative aspect of the creation of art. Kara is intrigued by how the non-physical qualities of art, such as beauty and light, arise from the physical act of painting or mark-marking. Kara has a BA in Philosophy and Art History from Duquesne University, 1990 and Associate's degree in Computer Animation and Multimedia from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 1995. 

"My Vision is almost completely gone and I am still trying like hell to be the visual artist I have always been.  I am not sure how much longer I can take the stress of trying to see while I am working.  I go up to my painting studio and am unable to find the simplest of things. The edges of the  canvas are gone.  The colors are gone.  My brushes and palette knifes are no longer visible. How can this be?    I am a painter that loves how things in my studio look…the dried up paint colors going down the sides of my big slop sink as it catches the late day sun slanting in my window.  It is all gone… so, how am I to paint?”

- Kara  Ruth Snyder