Marty was many things… Husband, father, book seller, poetry organizer, union organizer, writer, old skool rocker, dear friend to poets & small presses everywhere, a force of nature. In the poetry slam realm, Marty helped out at more slam nationals & poetry festivals than most poets attend in their lives. He was quick to lend a hand, haul books, bodyguard those carrying funds, share a smile, or bring a laugh. He was one of the people who made it possible for literally thousands of poets to sell their work, read their poems, or just enjoy a good book. He will be greatly missed.
Marty is survived by his wife Carole Reichstein, daughter Claire, son Nick, & enough friends to fill a Rush stadium concert. It Takes A Village was created in order to provide support and encouragement for the Reichstein Kruse family. All funds collected go directly to his wife Carole to use for medical bills, final expenses, and anything else the family needs to make life a little easier; you can also donate directly to Carole via PayPal at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Marty talking about music in excerpts from “I Was a Teenage Dirtbag.” (Also featuring a montage of Marty’s noises at the end – if you’ve ever had a conversation about music with Marty, you’ll want to listen all the way through the end.) And a page has been set up on FB, here, to share stories about Marty’s life.
A celebration of Marty’s life will be held Sunday, April 1st, at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi, Portland Or 97227 from 1 pm – 3 pm. Everyone who loved the mighty Marty Kruse are invited to attend. This family friendly event of love and laughter is a potluck. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Carole Reichstein here.