Starting with The Arrival of the Future in 1985, B. H. Fairchild’s major poetry collections have established him as a powerful voice for blue-collar workers and denizens of imperiled small-town America, particularly in the lower Midwest. Significantly, however, he rejects stereotypes; his workers are as likely to be reading the German philosopher Martin Heidegger or listening to classical music by Franz Schubert as they are to be scanning the sports pages or tuning in to pop music. A master of the blended lyric-narrative mode, Fairchild has been recognized from the start with an array of awards ranging from the National Writers’ Union Poetry Competition (1984) to the National Book Critics Circle Award (2002). The Art of the Lathe won him the Capricorn Award (1996), the Beatrice Hawley Award (1997), a Silver Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California (1998), the Natalie Ornish Poetry Award (1999), the PEN Center USA West Poetry Award (1999), the Kingsley Tufts Award (1999), and the William Carlos Williams Award (1999), and it was named a finalist for the National Book Award. He also received the Arthur Rense Poetry Prize (2002), a Gold Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California for Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest (2002), the Bobbitt National Prize (2004), and the Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry (2005). He was the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.