Marti G. Parker was a founding member of the Stockholm Writers Group and was active in it from 1994 to 2015. Marti was born in upper New York state but spent much of her childhood in Alaska. In the 1970s, she came to Sweden and worked as a nurse’s aide, physical therapist, and English teacher before studying social work. Eventually she became a professor of social gerontology at the Aging Research Center of Karolinska Institutet, where she researched the daily lives of old people.
“It’s not surprising that one or two old people always find their ways into my stories,” Marti said. She published two novels under the pseudonym Martha Gale, Knowing Place and Knowing Past.
Marti died in 2017 following a long illness. Her warmth, generosity, and honesty continue to motivate the Stockholm Writers Group.
An anthology on Marti’s recurring themes of aging, death, and foreignness will be published by the Group in the spring of 2019. The anthology will include pieces by Marti G. Parker and others, primarily current and former members of SWG.