Kirk Clawes, LitReactor's Co-Founder And Technical Lead, Passed Away Last Night
It is with an incredible amount of regret and sadness that we have to announce our site's technical lead and co-founder, Kirk Clawes, died in his sleep last night. We learned the news from his girlfriend. He was 38.
Right now, honestly, we have no idea what to do. We're gutted by this. Not just because Kirk was a linchpin for LitReactor, but because he was such a good friend.
There'll be more to say in the coming days and weeks. We might have to hit the pause button on a few things around here. Stuff might slow down a bit. We're sorry for that.
Personally: Even though Kirk lived in Chicago, I was lucky enough to hang out with him a couple of times. There, here in New York, in various cities when LitReactor tabled for AWP. I always looked forward to those times because he was just a fun guy to be around. Smart, funny, kind, generous. The last time I saw him, I was in Chicago for an event. He and his girlfriend Sarah came out for it—they met up with me beforehand to get a drink, and then afterward took me for my first Chicago-style pizza. I'm very glad to have that memory of him. Sitting in the back of a quiet restaurant, eating good food, having a good conversation. It was the first time I met Sarah and she was a lovely person. My heart goes out to her, and to Kirk's entire family.
All of our hearts go out. This is a very different kind of family at LitReactor, but it is a family, and this is a massive loss.
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