BBQ News Bite: Jake Adam York Passes Away

BY: Richard Wachtel
Published: December 18, 2012

The world lost an important teacher, poet and excellent, barbecue-loving soul this weekend in the form of Jake Adam York. He passed away at the age of 40 from the effects of a massive stroke, and we can’t help but think about having heard him read his stunning work in person this past October at the Southern Foodways Alliance annual symposium in Oxford, Mississippi.

Poet Jake Adam York
He performed the poems (embedded above) at the event. They’re mostly about barbecue, and the time you spend listening to them will be a few of the most sublime moments you spend all day.

“We need poems, like we need barbecue, as occasions to invite grace into our lives,” said York. Here’s your chance to open the door.


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Born and raised in Long Island New York Richard Wachtel has developed a passion for all things about barbecue and grilling, social media and also just having fun. Now living right outside the Nations Capital: Washington D.C., Richard Wachtel loves to read, write and learn about all things barbecue and grilling and digital marketing.

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