Pulitzer Prize-winning poet & KC native James Tate dies at 71
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and longtime English professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has died. James Tate was 71.
Tate was a native of Kansas City, Missouri. His "Selected Poems" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1992.
The university said Tate died Wednesday after a long illness.
Tate also received many other honors, including the National Book Award for Worshipful Company of Fletchers in 1994.
The university said Tate taught in the Master of Fine Arts program for poets and writers since 1971. He was married to poet and English professor Dara Wier.
UMass-Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy called Tate one of the most distinguished members of the school's faculty.