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Associated Press Obituary

James Whitehead

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - James Tillotson Whitehead, an award-winning poet who was known for his ability to write about the daily lives of ordinary people, died Friday of a ruptured aorta. He was 67.

Whitehead wrote poetry ranging in tone from despair to an account of an injury to his own funny bone, entitled "Humerus."

He also helped found the creative writing program at the University of Arkansas and taught at the university for 35 years until his retirement four years ago.

Whitehead published four books of poetry, "Domains," "Local Men," "Actual Size" and "Near at Hand," as well as a novel, "Joiner."

He received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his fiction and a Robert Frost Fellowship for his poetry. His novel was named a Noteworthy Book of the Year by the New York Times in 1971.

October 2, 2003 in Obituaries | Permalink


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