Obituary: Jack Veasey

Poet, playwright and journalist Jack Veasey died last month. He was 60.


 Veasey, who lived in Hummelstown, died July 15 at M.S. Hershey Medical Center in Harrisburg. Veasey was a native of Philadelphia, who grew up in Fishtown and attended Northeast Catholic High School.

 Veasey was managing editor of PGN from its founding in 1976 through 1979. His work at PGN won several awards from the Lesbian and Gay Press Association. Veasey more recently wrote several pieces for PGN’s LGBT History Month series about Walt Whitman.

 Over the years, he also wrote for Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia City Paper and other regional publications.

 Last year, Veasey published “The Dance That Begins and Begins: Selected Poems,” which featured his poetry from 1973-2013. He also published 10 other collections of poetry.

 Veasey is survived by his partner of 38 years, David Walker.