remembering a writer and friend
Don Belton made many significant contributions to literature and to the community.
Below are some links to pages that remember his life and his work:
* Voodoo for Charles, an essay by Don
* NPR interview featuring Don
* Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States
What terrible and sad news. My condolences to Professor Belton’s friends, family, colleagues, and students. A bunch of us in San Francisco will be reading his work to celebrate his life and vision…and be hoping for justice, in the media and in court.
Although I did not know Don very well, I am shocked and saddened at the news of his death. I sat next to him during a few yoga classes. He was as sweet as a kitten, and I always felt safe around him. I have difficulty believing that he would hurt anybody.
I was a former student of Don’s at Temple U and I just found out about this all when I wanted to find out where he was. This is really quite sad, he was such a sweet man and will forever be my favorite professor. It’s hard to imagine this could happen to such a great mentor and a gentle man. I will always remember what he said to me after our first class. “I’m going to teach you how to really read” and he did.
so sorry to learn of all this. don was a friend to my wife and i in ann arbor, about 20 years ago. he gave us a buddha figure that we use as a christmas ornament, and it always prompts nostalgia. and he inscribed our copy of almost midnight to both of us, hoping to charm our marriage. so far so good.
don was sweet and sensitive and charming and when i knew him incapable of intentional hurt or physical harm. i’d parked his car for him once, and when he was ready to leave, he called me back to disengage the parking brake because i’d pulled the lever too hard.
peace on don and his friends. be the tree that rises above this frail and divided world.
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