Jake Adam York is the author of three books of poems—Murder Ballads (Elixir 2005), A Murmuration of Starlings (Southern Illinois University Press 2008), winner of the 2008 Colorado Book Award in Poetry, and Persons Unknown (SIU Press 2010)—as well as a work of literary history, The Architecture of Address: The Monument and Public Speech in American Poetry (Routledge 2005).

In 2011, York was the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College. He was a 2011-2012 Visiting Faculty Scholar at Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, where he began a critical study of artistic responses to the Civil Rights Movement entitled Two or Three Forevers: Contemporary Art and Civil Rights Memory.

His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Southern Review, Third Coast, New England Review, The Rumpus, Cincinnati Review, Shenandoah, The Northwest Review, and DIAGRAM.

A former Creative Resident at PlatteForum and a 2002 Individual Artist Fellow of the Colorado Council on the Arts, he is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Colorado Denver, where he collaborates with colleagues and students to produce the journal Copper Nickel. He also serves as a contributing editor for Shenandoah.

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