Rane Arroyo – RIP

Just learned today that I lost a friend of mine early Friday morning to a cerebral hemorrhage. I met Rane Arroyo during my stint at UT. I was pursuing an MA in English Literature and had an opportunity to take a class I figured I would enjoy for a change, a creative writing/poetry class, and jumped at it. Rane was a wonderful professor. He cared about all of hsi students. He would do anything to help nudge them down the road of becoming better writers. He gave. He gave a lot. He gave of himself, he gave his time, he gave his friendship, he gave his joy. He was a joyful person despite all of the crap he had to go through and I only knew a fraction of that crap.

The immediate reaction is to, in some way, quantify the loss. One Rane Arroyo is equivalent to X amount of sorrow. Rane was unquantifiable. He was too young to go and the world is the worst off for losing him. If you get a chance, check out his stuff.  Donate some time/money to your local humane society or animal shelter. Laugh. Be joyful. Rane was joy.

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One Response to “Rane Arroyo – RIP”

  1. Rane Arroyo, in peace « Midwestern Sex Talk Says:

    […] Fountain provides a detailed biography. And Franciso X. Alarcón writes a touching poem about Rane. A former student recalls Rane’s gifts as a teacher. And Adam Hart, of Apparatus Magazine recalls some of the attitude that made Rane so easy […]

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