Monday, December 17

Jake Adam York, 1972–2012

The SFA family regrets to announce that poet Jake Adam York, age 40, died on Sunday in Denver, Colorado, where he taught at the University of Colorado, Denver. Born in Alabama, educated at Auburn University and Cornell University, he was the author of four books, including A Murmuration of Starlings.

Jake, the brother of SFA filmmaker Joe York, spoke at a number of SFA events through the years including the 2002 Symposium and our most recent Symposium, too. He wrote well and often of both race relations in the American South, and of how we define ourselves at table. He will be missed. Greatly.

Later in the week, we’ll post a more robust tribute to him. For now, please listen to his words, from the closing event of the 2012 symposium.