Anya Krugovoy Silver died on August 6, 2018 at the age of 49. The cause was metastatic inflammatory breast cancer.
Anya was born and raised in Swarthmore, which remained one of her very favorite places. As a child, she spent her summers in Middlebury, Vermont, and Hofheim, Germany, two other of her beloved places.
Anya graduated from Strath Haven High School (1986) and attended Haverford College (B.A. in English Literature, 1990) and Emory University (Ph.D. in English Literature, 1997). Since earning her doctorate, she taught in the English Department at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She loved Mercer, especially her students, and considered it her academic home.
Anya’s deepest vocation was poetry writing. She published four books of poetry: The Ninety-Third Name of God (Louisiana State UP, 2010), I Watched You Disappear (LSU, 2014), From Nothing (LSU, 2016) and Second Bloom (Cascade Books, 2017). Her work was featured in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2016. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018.
Anya was also involved in the effort to educate and fund research for inflammatory and metastatic breast cancer, and served as a board member of the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation, helping countless other women live with cancer. Anya refused to use fighting language in reference to cancer; she was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 while pregnant and given several months to live.
Instead, she thrived with metastatic breast cancer from 2010 until her death, during which time she continued to write and teach.
Anya is survived by her husband, best friend, and eternal soul mate, Andrew Silver, and her most beloved and adored son, Noah Samuel Silver, both of Macon, Ga. She is also survived by her dearly loved, best possible mother, Christel Krugovoy, of White Horse Village (until recently, of Swarthmore), her incomparably wonderful and much-loved sister Claudia Krugovoy of Dobbs Ferry, N. Y., brother-in-law Sean Brewer, and nephew and niece Henry and Aubrey Brewer, as well as her in-laws and extended family in Germany and Ireland. She also leaves behind her many dear friends. She is predeceased by her dear father, Yuri (George) Krugovoy.
Anya loved writing, reading in her big red chair, the Swiss Mountains, Cape May, good food, laughter, and film. She valued justice, peace, beauty and above all, kindness. Anya credits her family and growing up in Swarthmore for teaching her the progressive values which guided her life.
Anya loved life and was grateful for her many sources of joy. She wanted to live for many more years, but died peacefully, satisfied with what she accomplished in the years allotted her.
A funeral was held on August 11, at Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Macon.
On September 16, there will be a traditional service of the Orthodox Church for a departed soul on the 40th day. This is a short service following the Liturgy and starts approximately at 11:30 a.m. at St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, 1855 Middletown Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342.
Memorial donations to a fund set up for the education of her son may be sent to Path2College Fund (subject line Noah Silver Beneficiary 2497162), Path2College 529 Plan, P.O. Box 55924, Boston, MA 02205-5924.
Gifts may also be made to Saint Francis Church, 432 Forest Hill Rd, Macon, GA 31210 or the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation at www.ibcresearch.org if preferred.