Other writers who died in 2015 included novelists Gunter Grass, John A. Williams, Robert Stone, Paul West, James Salter, and a revered literary figure in Pittsburgh, Hilary Master.
Poets C.K Williams, Charles Tomlinson, Bill Kushner, Carlos Bousono and Frank Wright, who was the son of a poet I revered, James Wright. They are the only father and son ever to both win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Irish playwright Brian Friel.
Poet, singer-songwriter, actor and Native American activist John Trudell. Canadian First Peoples author Basil Johnson.
William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well. Writers on film Richard Corliss, Penelope Houston and Irving Singer.
Writer and editor Alan Cheuse. Important environmental philosopher Paul Taylor. Historian Allen Weinstein. Pew pollster and author Andrew Kohut. Mythologist Alexander Eliot.
May they and other writers who died this year, well known and unknown, rest in peace. Their work lives on, in words and in the future lives of incalculable future readers.