Courtney Kampa, an award-winning poet and author, died unexpectedly on November 14, 2022, at the age of 34. Her husband, musician Will Anderson, confirmed her death on Instagram, without revealing the cause. However, according to some sources, she was involved in a fatal car accident that also claimed another life. Her death has left a void in the literary community, as she was widely praised for her talent, creativity, and generosity.
A Brilliant Writer
Kampa was born and raised in Virginia, where she developed a passion for writing and ballet. She graduated from the University of Virginia and Columbia University, where she earned her MFA in poetry. She also received the prestigious Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University from 2017 to 2019.
She published her first poetry collection, Our Lady of Not Asking Why, in 2017, which was selected by Mary Szybist for the New Issues Press First Book Award. She also won the Rattle Poetry Prize Readers’ Choice Award in 2014, and was a finalist for the Ruth Lily Prize in 2016.
Her poems appeared in numerous magazines and journals, such as The Atlantic, Boston Review, The Journal, The National Poetry Review, Poets & Writers, and TriQuarterly. She also worked as a poetry and writing teacher in Nashville, where she lived with her husband and two dogs.
A Loving Wife
Kampa married Anderson, the lead singer of the band Parachute, in 2019, after dating for several years. They shared a love for music, art, and animals, and often posted adorable photos and videos of their life together on social media.
Anderson announced Kampa’s death on November 15, with a heartfelt tribute on Instagram. He wrote: “There are no words but I have to try. My sweet Courtney passed away this weekend. She was my best friend, the smartest, funniest and kindest person I’ve ever known. And was and always will be my dream girl. I love you forever, baby doll.”
He also thanked his fans and friends for their support and prayers, and asked for privacy during this difficult time.
A Cherished Friend
Kampa was loved and admired by many people, who expressed their grief and condolences on social media. Her fellow writers, poets, teachers, and students praised her for her brilliance, generosity, and kindness, and shared their memories of her.
Elizabeth Foss, a columnist and friend of Kampa, wrote a long Facebook post, in which she said: “Courtney was a light. She was a gifted poet, a brilliant teacher, a loyal friend. She was funny and smart and beautiful. She was a joy to know and a privilege to love.”
She also mentioned that Kampa died in a car accident, along with another friend, Irene Starrs, and asked for prayers for their souls and their families.
A Tragic End
The details of Kampa’s car accident are still unclear, as no official statement has been released by the authorities or the family. a reliable source, she was killed in an automobile accident, along with another person. No one from Courtney’s family or circle of friends has formally confirmed the cause of her death. Her fatal injuries from the vehicle collision are thought to be what ultimately caused her death.
Kampa’s death is a shocking and heartbreaking loss for the literary world, as she was a talented and promising writer, who had a bright future ahead of her. She was also a loving wife, a cherished friend, and a generous teacher, who touched many lives with her words and deeds. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her, and her legacy will live on through her poetry and her memory.