Poet whose 2005 book of poetry, Murder Ballads, won the prestigious Elixir Prize in Poetry.
He first got turned on to poetry by listening to a lot of rap music while he was a teenager.
He received the Witter Bynner Fellowship after his death in 2014.
His father was a steelworker and his mother was a history teacher.
The US Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey , awarded him the Witter Bynner Fellowship.