It is possible that David Wagoner will be best remembered as one of the finest “nature” and “regional” poets of twentieth century America, and as one who has been instrumental in generating renewed interest in Native American lore. To categorize him so narrowly, however, does disservice to his versatility, and to the breadth of his talent and interests. Publishing steadily since the early 1950’s, Wagoner has created a body of work that impresses not only for the number of volumes produced, but also for their quality. His novels have been praised for their energy and humor and in many cases for the immediacy of their Old West atmosphere. He received a Ford Fellowship for drama (1964), but it is as a poet that he has been most often honored: with a Guggenheim Fellowship (1956), a National Institute of Arts and Letters Grant (1967), and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1969). Poetry has awarded him its Morton Dauwen Zabel Prize (1967), its Oscar Blumenthal Prize (1974), its Eunice Tietjens Memorial Prize (1971), its Levinson Prize (1994), and its Union League Civic and Arts Poetry Prize (1997). Sleeping in the Woods, Collected Poems, 1956-1976, and In Broken Country were nominated for National Book Awards. He won Pushcart Prizes in 1979 and 1983. Wagoner served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1978 to 1999, succeeding Robert Lowell. He received an Academy Award in literature (1987) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (1991), the Ohioana Book Award (1997) for Walt Whitman Bathing, and two Washington State Book Awards in Poetry (2000, 2009).