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Prize-Winning US Poet James Tate Dies at 71

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 1994, photo, The National Book Awards prize winning writers, William Gaddis (L), Sherwin B. Nuland (C), and James Tate greet each other after the awards ceremony in New York.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and longtime English professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has died. James Tate was 71.

The university said Tate, a native of Kansas City Miissouri, died Wednesday after a long illness.

His "Selected Poems" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1991.

Tate also received many other honors, including the National Book Award for "Worshipful Company of Fletchers" in 1994.

The university said Tate taught in the Master of Fine Arts program for poets and writers since 1971. He was married to poet and English professor Dara Wier.

UMass-Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy called Tate one of the most distinguished members of the school's faculty.