SHENANDOAH and Literary Community Mourn

Shenandoah and the rest of the American literary community mourn the loss of Jake Adam York, who died Sunday after a massive stroke.  He was 40.  Jake had been a Contributing Editor to this magazine for over a decade and studied with me at Auburn University, where he wrote a collection of poems for his honors thesis.  I’ve never taught anyone else who so swiftly surpassed me and gave the full measure.  I’ll say more when I can get collected and words come back to me.

About R.T. Smith

recent-meR. T. Smith has edited Shenandoah since 1995 and serves as Writer-in-Residence at Washington & Lee. His forthcoming books are Doves in Flight: 13 Fictions and Summoning Shades: New Poems, both due in 2017.


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3 Responses to SHENANDOAH and Literary Community Mourn

  1. Leslie P. says:

    I’m so sorry, Rod. This loss has hit many people hard. So young. xoxox

  2. Jim McKelly says:

    Yep. The full measure.

    Wish you were here, Rod.

    ~ Jim McK

  3. Rod, we are all trying to get collected, I think. In Alabama, we want to honor Jake’s work, his inspiration from home, and how he made his way in the world of poetry. I would love your input on this when the time is right. JT

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