Jake Adam York was raised in northeast Alabama,
where his father was a steelworker, his mother a history teacher.
Educated at Auburn University and Cornell University, he now teaches
Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Colorado at Denver.
His work has appeared in The Southern Review, The
Gulf Coast, Crab Orchard Review, and Shenandoah,
as well as the website Poetry Daily. He serves as a contributing
editor for Shenandoah and the poetry editor
for storySouth. His work has been nominated
for a Pushcart Prize; "Vigil," reprinted here, was a finalist for
the 2004 Campbell Corner Poetry Contest and appears on the Campbell
Corner website. He is currently
his first collection, Murder Ballads.