The Search Is Called Off for Missing Poet Craig Arnold


Even as we were posting on Friday about an AP report stating that trackers in Japan had found the trail of missing poet Craig Arnold, the University of Wyoming–where Arnold, 41, was an assistant professor–was announcing more dire news:

    May 8, 2009 — The family of missing University of Wyoming professor and poet Craig Arnold has learned from the private search group it hired that Arnold likely fell from a high and dangerous cliff, and there is virtually no possibility he could have survived the fall.

“We had truly hoped for a different outcome to this story,” UW President Tom Buchanan says. “On behalf of all the faculty and staff at the University of Wyoming, I extend my deepest regrets to Craig’s family and fiancee.”

As we wrote then, Arnold had been in the country on a fellowship from the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission’s Creative Artists Exchange, working on a book about volcanoes. He’d been maintaining a blog, “Volcano Pilgrim: Five Months in Japan as a Wandering Poet“, while there–the last entry is dated April 26. The Poetry Foundation has posted some of his poems, and you can read some moving remembrances of the poet here. Terribly sad news.