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Colleen Lookingbill April 1, 2014: [caption id="attachment_83817" align="alignright" width="500"] Colleen Lookingbill outside the Palmer House, Chicago.[/caption] Our little world here in San Francisco was rocked the other day when we learned of the death on Monday of local poet Colleen Lookingbill, whose presence among us was for so long the one steady thing you could depend [...] by

RIP Bill Knott March 13, 2014: We are deeply saddened to hear of Bill Knott's death, as word has trickled out through Facebook and across the internet. Open Letters Monthly reports on Knott's passing and the legacy he leaves as a rebellious, irascible, and deeply admired poet. Bill Knott’s first book, The Naomi Poems: Corpse and Beans, was published under the [...] by

Justin Kaplan, Biographer of Whitman and Twain, Dies at 88 March 5, 2014: The New York Times reported yesterday on the passing of literary biographer Justin Kaplan, "a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer renowned for his lives of Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and Lincoln Steffens, and who was later known as the editor of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations — a job akin to running the admissions committee of the most [...] by

Imperfect News, but Art in All Directions: Robert Ashley, 1930–2014 March 4, 2014: Robert Ashley--composer, performer, librettist, poet, artist, and pioneer in the development of large-scale, collaborative performance works and experimental opera--died yesterday afternoon. From The Guardian: Kyle Gann, who recently wrote a biography on the composer, wrote on his website that he had received confirmation of the [...] by

With Regret: Maggie Estep, 1963-2014 February 12, 2014: We're shocked and saddened to hear from Bookforum, by way of the East Village blog EV Grieve, that novelist, performer, and poet Maggie Estep has died of a heart attack at the age of 50. "In the early ’90s, Estep was a vital presence in the East Village spoken-word scene. She appeared regularly on MTV and toured with the Lallapalooza [...] by

RIP Maxine Kumin February 7, 2014: [caption id="attachment_81005" align="alignright" width="500"] Photo by John Hession[/caption] Today the Academy of American Poets has confirmed the sad news of the death of Maxine Kumin. She was 88. SFGate reports: Called “Roberta Frost” by some — “which is not a bad thing,” she said — Kumin had lived on a 200-acre farm in [...] by

Rest in Peace, Rene Ricard (1946-2014) February 3, 2014: Rene Ricard has died. The Warhol Factory Member, film star, artist, and poet, passed away at Bellevue Hospital this weekend, taken by cancer. From GalleristNY-- Rene Ricard, the Massachussets-born artist and poet who was a fixture of New York’s art world since he arrived in 1965, has died. He passed away early this morning in Bellevue [...] by

Mexico’s José Emilio Pacheco Dies at 74 January 28, 2014: Today we discovered the sad news of the death of José Emilio Pacheco, winner of the 2009 Cervantes Literature Prize. He was 74. The Huffington Post reports: Jose Emilio Pacheco, widely regarded as one of Mexico's foremost poets and short story writers, died Sunday at age 74, the country's National Council for Culture and the Arts [...] by

Juan Gelman: 1930-2014 January 15, 2014: We are saddened by the news today of the death of poet and activist Juan Gelman, who was awarded the Cervantes Prize in 2007. The Guardian reports: Juan Gelman, the celebrated Argentinian poet and fierce critic of the South American nation's "dirty war" against the left, has died aged 83. Gelman was born in Buenos Aires but had lived [...] by

Amiri Baraka Dies at 79 January 9, 2014: What a week. We are deeply saddened to report that Amiri Baraka, formerly known as Leroi Jones, has died in a hospital in his hometown of Newark. The New Jersey News writes that "Baraka was placed in intensive care at Beth Israel Medical Center last month for an unknown reason, but a spokesman for his son's mayoral campaign said his condition [...] by