1943 - 2015 (Age 71)


TATE--James: The American Academy of Arts and Letters notes with sorrow the death of our esteemed colleague. Absurdly funny or hauntingly tragic, his poems will continue to delight the hearts and minds of his readers.

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Just today, February 18, 2017 while doing some ancestry work. I ran across the college production photos of Jim and I while at Pittsburg State. We were in Antigone together. Many bus trips from Pittsburg to Kansas City, Jim and I took and much conversation. I am saddened to then find out about his death. Just sad. My condolences to his family, David Holroyd Lawrence, KS/Arizona

I met Jim when he first came to Umass Amherst to teach creative writing. He was as alert as one could be. He was only a few years older then myself and fellow students and we loved him the best. I just learned today of his passing, being out of the loop so to speak. Hints to Pilgrims trashed our minds and rolled us around. I am so sad for Jim and his family. He was the highest point in my education. Sincerely Jeff Dubay

James Tate's writings were so inspiring and so full of meaning. I am so happy that he was recognized and rewarded for his gift. My earnest petition is that the promise of endless life in Paradise free of sickness and suffering for James proves to be both comforting and reassuring to loved ones left behind. My condolences!

Expressing my condolences to the Tate family. Death is a very painful process know that we can endure with the help of God's comfort and his word. Romans15:4

Our condolences to Mr. Tate's family. We thank him for his beautiful poetry.

How sad to lose such a wonderful poet, such an influence on so many, and such a good friend. I remember his whacky sense of humor, and his wonderful eye to spot and support the overlooked, the crazy detail and irony on our lives, and to poke a bit at the falseness that sometimes invades our lives. My sympathies to Dara and her children too.
Rick, TN

My sympathy to the Tate family. Soon God's purpose will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Then we will never have to suffer such a loss again. May your heart be comforted with this promise.