I would be remiss if I didn't mention the passing of poet and essayist Reginald Shepherd.
I didn't know him personally, other than a few exchanges in the blogosphere. But I appreciated his commentary and keen eye for observation. I had the chance to meet him at a recent AWP but, as usual, I was too shy introduce myself. It is my great loss.
When a poet passes, the literary community gets a little smaller.
Rest in peace.