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RIP Jayne Cortez

By Harriet Staff

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We’ve caught wind today of the very sad new of Jayne Cortez’s passing, via the Black Rock Coalition. From their Facebook feed:

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce that Jayne Cortez, a poet and performance artist of the highest order, made her peaceful transition this morning. She served as a mentor to many within the BRC circles – LaTasha Diggs and Carl Hancock Rux immediately spring to mind – and she appeared in the BRC’s presentation of ‘Four Women’ at Lincoln Center in 2009. Rest easy, Jayne. Rest easy.

We’re certain there will be more stories and remembrances in the coming days that we’ll report on here. Until then, we’ll leave you with her poem “I Am New York City.”

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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, December 28th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.