Pulitzer Prize-winning poet & KC native James Tate dies at 71

5 years 10 hours 58 minutes ago Friday, July 10 2015 Jul 10, 2015 Friday, July 10, 2015 9:39:06 AM CDT July 10, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

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.

 

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