Jake Adam York
Active as an editor, York helped found the journal Copper Nickel in 2002 and served in editorial capacities for magazines such as Shenandoah, storySouth, and the Kenyon Review. He was a Visiting Faculty Scholar at Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, where he began the critical study, Two or Three Forevers: Contemporary Art and Civil Rights Memory. In 2011 he was the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College. York was also the recipient of a 2013 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
York died suddenly, of a stroke, in December 2012. An outpouring of tributes and memorials from friends, fellow poets, students, and admirers flooded websites associated with York. At the Rumpus poet David Biespiel noted that York “was a poet who valued highly his role as a poet, both when he was actually composing a poem (naturally), but also when he was engaged in the civic and political obsessions outside of his art that he took up as a poet—and in the ways he integrated the two. He was a poet who both made and represented poetry.”