David Wagoner

Editor of Straw for the Fire: From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke, David Wagoner is recognized as a leading poet of the Pacific Northwest, often compared to his early mentor Roethke, and highly praised for his skillful, insightful, and serious body of work. The author of more than twenty collections of poetry and ten acclaimed novels, Wagoner has also been awarded the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Award for his fiction. Professor emeritus at the University of Washington, Wagoner was selected to serve as chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 1978, replacing Robert Lowell, and was the editor of Poetry Northwest until 2002.

Awards and Honors

Finalist, Paterson Poetry Prize, 2013

Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, 1991

Pushcart Prize, 1983, 1977

Nominee, National Book Award, 1977, 1979