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Acclaimed Auburn-educated poet Jake Adam York dies at 40

Acclaimed poet Jake Adam York passed away unexpectedly Sunday at the age of 40. He was an Auburn man.

Acclaimed poet Jake Adam York, a 1994 Auburn graduate and former literary editor of The Auburn Circle, died Sunday.  He was 40. The cause of his death has not been reported.

York was an associate professor at the University of Colorado and a member of the Rocky Mountain Auburn Club. His collection “A Murmuration of Starlings” was the winner of the 2008 Colorado Book Award in Poetry, and he had recently received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in poetry for 2013.

His poem “Self-Portrait as Superman (Alternate Take)” is published in the latest issue of the New England Review.

York, center, posing with the staff of The Auburn Circle for the 1993 Glomerata. He was the magazine’s literary editor his senior year.

“We mourn the loss of Jake Adam York, who died suddenly today,” Best American Poetry managing editor Stacy Harwood wrote Sunday.  “Jake was 40.  Too too young. He was a kind generous talented poet and a good man.”

A video of York giving his advice to writers during a visit to Southern Illinois University, which published “A Murmuration of Starlings,” was posted today on YouTube.

h/t: Steve Jones, L.A. Times.

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