In Memoriam: J. D. McClatchy

In Memoriam: J. D. McClatchy
April 27, 2018

Sandy McClatchy, a Yale PhD who began his teaching career as an assistant professor in this department, and later returned to lead Yale’s creative writing program for three decades while editing the Yale Review, died on April 10 at home in New York in the company of his husband Chip Kidd.  He had a remarkable career as poet, librettist, teacher, editor, critic, and all-around man of letters. The American Academy of Arts and Letters, which Sandy served as President from 2009 to 2012, will host a tribute with music, video, and speakers, followed by a reception to which all are welcome.  The event will begin at 5:30 on Thursday May 24 in the Academy’s auditorium at 632 West 156 Street, New York, NY 10032. There will also be a memorial held on his birthday, Sunday August 12, in Stonington CT.  Look for more information about that event to be posted on the James Merrill House website. You can read Sandy’s poem “My Plot” published in the New Yorker this winter with an audio recording of his voice here, and you can read his last published poem, “Radiation Days,” with comment by Langdon Hammer, here. Click on these links for obituaries and memories in the New Yorker, New York Times, Washington Post, Yale News, and The Day

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