Poet and former Gadsden resident Jake Adam York, 40, passed away on December 16 in a Denver hospital after suffering a stroke. The author of three volumes of poetry and a literary history, he was an associate professor of English and creative writing at the University of Colorado Denver. In 2011-2012, York was the Visiting Faculty Scholar at Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, and he recently received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (see following story).
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, December 22, at 11:00 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 156 S. 9th Street, Gadsden, AL 35901-3646. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Jake Adam York Memorial Fund at Holy Comforter.
Photo: Jake Adam York (photo by Sarah Skeen)
Jake Adam York…
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently announced the recipients of the 2013 Creative Writing Fellowships. Elizabeth Hughey of Birmingham and Jake Adam York, a Gadsden native, were among the forty writers honored. The annual grants, given in alternating genres, were awarded this year to poets.
The NEA received 1,137 eligible fellowship applications this year, which were narrowed down to 110 finalists by a panel of twenty-two professionals from the literary field. Final selections are made each year by the chairman of the NEA. The application deadline for 2013 translation fellowships is January 3; the 2014 creative writing fellowships, whose deadline has not yet been set, will be given in fiction and creative nonfiction. For more information, visit the NEA website.
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The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project (APAEP) recently received its sixth grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support visual arts classes. The $50,000 grant will support Alabama artists who teach in correctional facilities and a pilot project in the visual arts.
“The continued support from the NEA allows the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project to support engaged artists to teach visual arts within a population who profoundly benefits from the experience,” said poet Kyes Stevens, director of the program.
APAEP students of all skill levels attend visual arts classes, with much of their work displayed in APAEP’s traveling art exhibit, Art on the Inside. Programming for APAED depends on grant funding and the strong partnership between Auburn University and the Alabama Department of Corrections.
APAEP students at work. (photo courtesy of APAEP)
Karen Bonvillain Bull recently published Keys, Clef & Redemption, the third book in her Crescent City Crime series.
Year of the Pig author Mark Hainds and Roger Reid, author of Longleaf and director of the APT series Discovering Alabama, have been traveling the state discussing longleaf pine forest ecosystems in classrooms at various schools.
Carolyn Haines’s most recent Sarah Booth Delaney mystery, Bonefire of the Vanities, has been selected as one of the best books of 2012 by Suspense Magazine! Bones of a Feather received the honor in 2011.
Thomas Perez’s new satire, Don’t Frack with Society Shell, will premiere on January 10 at the Mobile Theatre Guild. Reserve tickets at 251-433-7513.
Anne Whitehouse has recently had poems published in Boston Literary Magazine, Vermont Literary Review, Jerseyworks, and Vine Leaves Literary Journal. Her poetry collection, The Refrain, is now available for purchase from Dos Madres Press.
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