Anniversary

University of Colorado Denver
Published April 15, 2010
Overview 
Still from "Anniversary," 2010

Jake Adam York reads poems in and near Montgomery and Anniston, Alabama, in January 2010. York's poetry reflects on acts of violence that occurred in these areas during the Civil Rights Movement. It seeks, as well, to discover the ghosts that remain in Alabama and to find ways to answer them.

"Anniversary" 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 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.

Readings

Jake Adam York reads the poem "Anniversary." Poem text.
Jake Adam York reads the poem "Consolation." Poem text.
Jake Adam York reads the poem "Darkly." Poem text.
Jake Adam York reads the poem "Self-Portrait at a Bend in the Road." 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. and a PhD 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). A third volume, Persons Unknown is forthcoming in October 2010. His poems have appeared in various journals, including Blackbird, Diagram, Greensboro Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, and Third Coast.

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