DENVER - Jake Adam York, an associate professor of English at the University of Colorado Denver, has been named a 2013 Literature Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts. The fellowship provides York $25,000 to support his work as a poet. York's application was one of 40 selected by the NEA for funding from a field of more than 1,100 applicants.
York's three books of poetry, A Murmuration of Starlings (2008), Persons Unknown (2010), and Murder Ballads (2005), develop an extended project to memorialize the martyrs of the Civil Rights movement. York plans to use the fellowship award to continue this project.
"The making of poems is a quiet, lonely business," said York. "It's both gratifying and sustaining to know that people are listening."
York's work has been recognized with the Colorado Book Award (2009), the Third Coast Poetry Prize (2010), and a Colorado Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship (2002). In 2011, he served as the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College. In 2011-2012, he was a Visiting Faculty Scholar at Emory University's James Weldon Johnson Institute.
The NEA Literature Fellowships are the only NEA grants to individuals open to direct application; poets are eligible every other year.
For more information, visit York's website, www.jakeadamyork.com.