December 9th, 2010 / 1:26 am
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Dean Young’s Heart Transplant Fund

From a letter by Tony Hoagland at the National Foundation for Transplants

Dear Friends,

If you are reading this, you are probably a friend of Dean Young and/or a friend of poetry. And you may have heard that our friend is in a precarious position. Dean needs a heart transplant now. He also needs your assistance now.

Over the past 10 or 15 years, Dean has lived with a degenerative heart condition–congestive heart failure due to idiopathic hypotropic cardiomyopathy. After periods of more-or-less remission, in which his heart was stabilized and improved with the help of medications, the function of his heart has worsened. Now, radically.

Donations can be made here (be sure to make the gift in honor of Dean Young), or via an address at the bottom of the link above.



  1. Amelia

      Oh no, I hadn’t heard about this. Gave what I could & passing it on

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  3. James Yeh

      I did likewise. Sad.

  4. Gallagher

      Me too.

  5. Jamieiredell

      Terrible. Among our best contemporary poets and a great guy. Thanks for posting about this.

  6. Ben Mirov

      Thanks for posting this.

  7. Matthew Simmons
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  9. Prose/Paragraph

      I posted this on my blog in hopes people donate. Dean Young taught me how to write better lines, and I’ll be forever grateful.

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  11. Catdoty

      Thank you, Tony. Our hearts are with Dean.