David Wagoner

b. 1926
David Wagoner

Born in Ohio, David Wagoner has taught at the University of Washington since 1954, where for over 30 years he edited the literary journal Poetry Northwest. In 1991 he was awarded Poetry’s Ruth Lilly Prize, and his latest volume, Good Morning and Good Night, appeared in 2005. Understated and accessible, his poems often treat everyday events or offer lyrical responses to the beauties of nature. In addition to verse he writes fiction; one of his novels, The Escape Artist, was made into a movie by Francis Ford Coppola.

Poems

What People are Saying

"I learned that no matter how many times I do it, I will still be nervous when I speak in public. I also learned that it is possible to experience the same poem many times in a row and still feel like I am discovering something new about myself through the words of the writer."
Madeleine Schroeder
2017 OH POL Champion