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David Wagoner

Editor of Straw for the Fire: From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke, David Wagoner is recognized as the 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’s fiction has been awarded the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Award. 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.


Finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize 2013

Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize 1991

Pushcart Prize 1983

National Book Award nominee 1979 

Pushcart Prize 1977

National Book Award nominee 1977

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