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.

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"I do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."
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