Jake Adam York was an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center and a contributing editor for Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee Review as well as the editor of Thicket, a journal of Alabama literature, and a poetry editor for storySouth, an online journal dedicated to the literature of the American South. His poems appeared in Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Quarterly West, Gulf Coast, The Greensboro Review, Poetry Daily, Blackbird, and many other journals. His work was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, his collection of poems Murder Ballads appeared from Elixir Press in 2005, and his latest book of poems, A Murmuration of Starlings (So. Illinois Univ. Press, 2008) received the Colorado Book Award in Poetry. His third book, Persons Unknown, was published in 2010 as an editor’s selection in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry by Southern Illinois University Press. Shortly before his death, York completed a new poetry manuscript, Abide, which is scheduled for publication by Southern Illinois University Press.