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A Field Guide to Northeast Alabama

Jake Adam York, University of Colorado, Denver

7 March 2008
Jake Adam York, 2008.

Jake Adam York reads four poems in and near his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama, in January 2008. York's poetry blends themes and imagery drawn from his experiences and those of his family members, framed with the natural, industrial, and social histories of the northern Alabama landscape. In these four poems, York conjures events, places, and people in ways that highlight landscape, history, memory, and experience.

"A Field Guide to Northeast Alabama" is part of the Poets in Place series, a Research Collaboration in the Humanities initiative funded through Emory University’s Presidential Woodruff Fund, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. Series producers are Natasha Trethewey and Allen Tullos.

A Field Guide to Northeast Alabama

Jake Adam York reads the poem "Gone With the Wind." Poem text.
Jake Adam York reads the poem "At Cornwall Furnace." Poem text.
Jake Adam York reads the poem "Bunk Richardson." Poem text. Photographs Referenced: "The lynching of Bunk Richardson" and "The corpse of Bunk Richardson."
Jake Adam York reads the poem "Walt Whitman in Alabama." Poem text.

About Jake Adam York

Raised near Gadsden in northeast Alabama by his steelworker father and his mother, a history teacher, Jake Adam York studied architecture and English at Auburn University. He received an M.F.A. in creative writing and English literature from Cornell University. He is currently an associate professor of English at the University of Colorado, Denver, where he directs the creative writing program. York has published two books of poetry, Murder Ballads (2005), and A Murmuration of Starlings (2008), and his poems have appeared in various journals, including Blackbird, Diagram, Greensboro Review, Gulf Coast, H_NGM_N, New Orleans Review, Shenandoah, and Southern Review.

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Interview with Natasha Trethewey


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Recommended Resources

Related Southern Spaces Links

York, Jake Adam. "In the Queen City: A Reading at the Gadsden Public Library."


Map of Gadsden, Alabama.

Published Work in Print
York, Jake Adam. The Architecture of Address: The Monument and Public Speech in American Poetry. New York: Routledge, 2004.

———. Murder Ballads. Denver, Co.: Elixir Press, 2005.

———. A Murmuration of Starlings. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, 2008.

Links and Online Publications
Blackbird, an online journal of arts and literature
This journal has published eight of Jake Adam York's poems, as well as an interview with him.
Blackbird 3.2 (Fall 2004): Four poems: "Bunk Richardson," "Consolation," "On Tallaseehatchee Creek," and "Vigil."
Blackbird 4.1 (Spring 2005): An Interview with Jake Adam York
Blackbird 5.2 (Fall 2006): Four poems: "At Liberty," "Substantiation," "For Reverend James Reeb," and "For Lamar Smith."

Colorado Poets Center
The Colorado Poets Center website offers four poems by Jake Adam York: "Walt Whitman in Alabama," "Hush," "Negatives," and "York."

Copper Nickel
Jake Adam York works with students and faculty at the University of Colorado, Denver on Copper Nickel, a journal of art and literature.

DIAGRAM, an electronic journal of text and art
Jake Adam York has published three poems in this journal.
DIAGRAM 2.3: "Signal"
DIAGRAM 3.2: "Elegy for James Knox"
DIAGRAM 7.2: "The Crowd He Becomes"

Greensboro Review
This journal published Jake Adam York's poem, "Interferometry."

H_NGM_N, an online journal of poetry, poetics, &c.
Jake Adam York has published seven poems in this journal: "Aubade," "Doppler," "What You Wish For," "Under," "Fell," "Heat," and "Regret/Egret."

Interview with Jake Adam York in Dislocate Magazine
Dislocate is a literary journal run by Creative Writing MFA students at the University of Minnesota.

Jake Adam York
Jake Adam York's website includes his blog, information about his publications, and a schedule of his readings.

Octopus, an online poetry magazine
This magazine published Jake Adam York's poem, "Legba Says."

Shampoo, a poetry magazine
Two poems by Jake Adam York have appeared in Shampoo: "Still" and "Bye Bye Blackbird/Blackbird Bye Bye"

Jake Adam York is one of the editors of storySouth, an online publication showcasing fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry by southern writers., a journal of the built and natural environments
Jake Adam York has published three poems at "Panoramic: Landscape With Repeating Figures," "Double Exposure," and "Elegy for Little Girls."

Town Creek Poetry
Jake Adam York was the Featured Poet in Volume 1 Issue 1 (Spring 2007) of Town Creek Poetry. In this issue, he participated in an interview and published ten poems: "At Cornwall Furnace," "Breakfast," "Cannon," "Elegy for Little Girls," "In the Magic City," "Iron," "Janney," "Landscape in Dolomite and Ferric Oxide," "Looking for Cane Creek Furnace," and "Midnight, Furnace, Wind."

Typo Magazine
Three of Jake Adam York's poems have appeared in this magazine: "Diphthong," "Virga," and "Radiotherapy."

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