With regrets, The Writers Place bids farewell to another of Kansas City's great literary figures, Dan Jaffe. Jaffe was Professor Emeritus of UMKC and founded BkMk press where he was its longtime managing editor until he retired. He also was one of the founders of the Mark Twain Creative Writing Summer Workshop. Although he wrote many books of poetry and gave many reading around the country, he combined his poetry with his love of music and became known around Kansas City as the Jazz Poet. At the Blue Room and other venues around the Greater Kansas City area, Jaffe performed his work with local jazz celebrities. His wife, Jo Ann Jaffe was an accomplished classical pianist, and the two of them put their talents together to present a number of recitals and special events around town before her death. Many of Kansas City's talented writers were once students of Dan Jaffe, and The Writers Place honored him with its first Kansas City Writer Award in the early 1990's.