Fred Chappell’s writing, particularly his poetry, is erudite and witty, yet the poems are accessible to the average reader because of his talent, humor, ability to express the profound in the colloquial, close observance of the physical as well as the spiritual world, and mastery of forms and themes. Chappell has received numerous awards for his writing and teaching. In 1968, he won the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 1985, he and John Ashbery shared Yale University’s Bollingen Prize for Poetry. In 1986, he received the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest honor the University of North Carolina can bestow on a faculty member. He won the T. S. Eliot Award for Creative Writing from the Ingersoll Foundation in 1993, the Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry from Sewanee Review in 1996, and the Leila Lenore Heasley Prize from Lyon College in 1999. He was named poet laureate of North Carolina in 1997.