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.


What People are Saying

"I did not expect to fall in love with poetry. I just expected to recite and be done with it. After just sitting there and analyzing my poems, I realized that the stories told through these few words mean so much. I had to step out of myself and step into the author's shoes, and with that comes great work."
Kyla Rose Bates
2016 LA POL Champion