Poet Craig Arnold FAAR’06 missing on Japanese island during volcano hike


Craig Arnold FAAR’06 is currently missing on Kuchinoerabu-jima, a small island in the northern Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan, just west of Yakushima. For more than a week, teams searched on both land and from the air for this award-winning  poet and University of Wyoming professor who failed to return from a hike to a volcano on Monday 27 April. Arnold was doing research for a poetry and essay book on volcanoes. Though the search now has been scaled down, a small US-based team was reported to be finding new clues on Wednesday 6 May.

For the details, and how you can help, the Poetry Foundation blog provides the fullest account. The Facebook group “Find Craig Arnold“, the only site associated with Arnold’s family, has gathered over 3000 members since its launch, and provides up to the minute news of the rescue mission. Most recently (8 May) it reports “his trail indicates that after sustaining a leg injury, Craig fell from a very high and very dangerous cliff and there is virtually no possibility that Craig could have survived that fall.”

From the e-verse radio webpage—just one of hundreds of news and media outlets reporting on this developing  story…

“Craig Arnold is an American poet, the author of Shells, chosen by W.S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Young Poets in 1999, and of Made Flesh (Ausable, 2008). His poetry has been anthologized in several volumes of the Best American Poetry series, and his poems, articles, and translations from the Spanish have appeared in such publications as The New Republic, Paris Review, Poetry, Yale Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Quarterly West, and many more.”

“He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship in Humanities from Princeton University, an Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.”

“Dr. Arnold did his B.A. at Yale University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He is presently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming. Craig is currently in Japan with the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission’s U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship and has been missing since April 26th (evening Monday April 27th Japanese time).”

“The Japanese authorities have been extremely professional and their efforts to find Craig have been truly admirable. They are working hard and doing all they can. Our primary concern and need right now is for the U.S. and Japanese governments to work together to step-up and extend the search for Craig; we must not stop looking until Craig is found.”

“So far, the efforts and support we have received from the Congresspeople and Senators who have been contacted, the University of Wyoming where Craig teaches, and the officials associated with the search has been encouraging. We thank them, with deepest respect and gratitude for their time and efforts so far, and are immensely grateful for their continuing help and support.”

The thoughts and prayers of the American Academy in Rome and its Society of Fellows are with Craig Arnold and his family at this enormously difficult time.

kuchinoerabu-jima_japanKuchinoerabu-jima. Credit: Google Maps


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