Tony Hoagland (1953-2018) taught in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston and in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College. His collection of essays, Twenty Poems that Could Save America (2013) presents his passionate advocacy for the relevance of poetry in contemporary life and is another example of his penchant for witty tales. His poetry volumes include Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty (Graywolf Press, 2010), National Book Critics Circle Award finalist What Narcissism Means to Me (Graywolf Press, 2003), Donkey Gospel (1998) and Sweet Ruin (1992) He has won the Jackson Prize, the O. B. Hardison Prize for Poetry and Teaching from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the 2005 Mark Twain Award of the Poetry Foundation in recognition of his contribution to humor in American poetry, and many others. He also received many prestigious fellowships and grants, including from the National Endowment for the Arts.
(Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2015)