Born: June 3, 1936
Died: October 22, 2010
Survived by his wife Jane, daughter Maria, and son David.
Also survived by hundreds of creative writing students.
I’m proud to be one.
I leave you with my favorite verse from one of Red’s poems, “Walter Mitty.” It illustrates how profoundly he respected the craft of writing, as well as how important was love in his life.
But in the glare of morning light
I sweat to write one crooked line
Sip my cup of sugared tea
And stretch to touch your hand.
— Leonard Bird, “Walter Mitty”, River of Lost Souls, Tooth of Time Press, 1977.