Morgan Lucas Schuldt 2/11/1978 - 1/30/2012 Poet and publisher Morgan Lucas Schuldt passed away on January 30, 2012 from complications of cystic fibrosis. He was 33 years old. The son of Barbara Schuldt and Murray Dychtwald, Morgan was born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey, where he grew up loving the Jersey shore, Jersey Mike's sub sandwiches, poetry, his dogs and family. He was an honors student and member of the National Honors Society at Toms River High School East. His favorite outfit--ripped jeans and a t-shirt, flip-flops and ball cap--belied his accomplishments. He earned a bachelor's degree in English Literature and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia in 2000, and from the University of Arizona he earned an MFA in Poetry in 2002, and an MA in English Literature in 2007. Tucson became his home and where he pursued a career writing, editing and teaching. He is the author of Verge, a collection of poems published by Free Verse Editions, and three chapbooks--Otherhow (Kitchen Press), L=u=N=G=U=A=G=E (Scantily Clad Press), and (as vanish, unespecially), forthcoming from Flying Guillotine Press. He was the cofounder of CUE, a journal of prose poems, and CUE Editions, a poetry press. From his parents, Morgan learned compassion, a tenacious spirit, and a desire to see the world. From the world, he learned strength, perseverance, and a commitment to kindness and justice. He was a San Francisco 49ers fan in memory of his grandfather, Henry. And he loved the beaches of Mexico and composed many poems there. Morgan was also romantic, loyal and funny. He was a tireless champion of his friends' writing and sought by many as an editor and mentor. For others, he was a source of encouragement and a voice of reason. Language was his medium and inspired his art and wit, but he was also a connoisseur of film, television, music, comedy and painting--known to have impeccable taste. He is cherished and will be missed by too many to list, including Barbara and Murray, Nance, Boyer, Stephanie, Barbara, Danny, Mark and Miriam, Adam and Emily, Cristina, and Chris. Morgan's family and friends wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to his cystic fibrosis pulmonologists in Tucson-- Wayne Morgan, Cori Daines, Mark Brown and Roni Grad--who took exceptional care of him for 11 years. Also too numerous to list are the nurses, respiratory therapists and medical technicians who worked on 3NE and, towards the end of his life, 4NW at the University of Arizona Medical Center. Donations in Morgan's memory can be made to two nation organizations, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the United Network for Organ Sharing. The date for a Tucson memorial will be announced soon. Arrangements by ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 3, 2012