I Am A Rose
A Life in Poetry
“The poems are poignant and moving, clearly the work of a talented young girl. The poet’s vision is precocious – she had an unexpected sophistication in the way she saw the world as a child.” – Rosemary Sullivan, professor, Department of English, University of Toronto.
On August 30, 1995 , 18-year-old Torontonian Stacey Levitt, out jogging after her shift as a lifeguard, was struck and killed by a car. Her death caused an outpouring of grief not just among family and friends but in a larger community shocked by the tragic loss, so early, of such a beautiful life. She was a superior dancer and athlete, a top student, and a friend to many.
And she was a gifted poet. From the age of eight, Stacey demonstrated an extraordinary ability to capture in words the beauty and wonder of her world. She kept a journal of her favourite poems, which served to comfort her family and friends in their time of sorrow.
Stacey’s parents, Ned and Cheryl, published I Am a Rose, a collection of her poetry, shortly after her death. Now, people coast to coast can share in beautiful poems that have moved thousands of people to tears, brought comfort to countless hurting souls, and made everyone who has read them reflect on the meaning of life. This book of poems served as an inspiration for the television documentary, I Am a Rose, which filmed her father’s arduous completion of Stacey’s climb up Mt. Ixta in Mexico, which had been cut short for her by a storm.
The poetry collection, and Stacey’s story, has become known by climbers from around the world as they read her work at a memorial set up for her before the last ascent up the mountain.
I Am A Rose may be purchased at the following online retailer(s):
The book is also available at:
501 Bloor W
Phone: (416) 961-4496
By sending a cheque payable to Ned Levitt, along with your mailing address to
516 Briar Hill Avenue
Phone: (416) 865-6701.
I Am A Rose $16.95 and No Mountain Too High $22.95
For a list of Ned Levitt's upcoming media and speaking engagements, click here
Canadian Press article: Death of lawyer's daughter prompts new book chronicling climb out of grief
The Toronto Sun (Nov. 15, 2004): Journey through grief
The Canadian Jewish News (Nov. 18, 2004): Bitter-sweet chronicle of a father’s grief
The Toronto Star (Jan. 22, 2005): Learning lessons of grief
ECW Press (Mar. 2005): Baltimore's Child Article
City Parent (Jul. 2005): Father faces mountain of healing
September 28, 2004 - CHFI 98.1, Toronto, Ontario ( 3.6 mb )
October 1, 2004 - CBC Radio, Thunder Bay, Ontario ( 3.4 mb )
October 18, 2004 - CBC Radio, Sudbury, Ontario (with Markus Schwabe) ( 1.0 mb )
October 19, 2004 - CBC Radio, Toronto, Ontario (with Andy Berrie) ( 3.3 mb )
February 4, 2005 - CJKB 1290, London, Ontario ( 25.9 mb )