Wojahn, David (Charles) 1953-

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WOJAHN, David (Charles) 1953-

PERSONAL: Born August 22, 1953, in St. Paul, MN; son of R. C. and Virginia Wojahn; married Lynda Hull (a writer), March, 1984. Education: University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, B.A., 1977; University of Arizona, M.F.A., 1980.

ADDRESSES: Home—401 Eastside Dr., Bloomington, IN 47401. Office—Department of English, Indiana University—Bloomington, BH 442, Bloomington, IN 47405.

CAREER: University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, assistant professor of English, 1981-82; University of Arkansas, Little Rock, assistant professor of English, 1982-85; Indiana University—Bloomington, Lilly Professor of Poetry, 1985—. Vermont College, Montpelier, adjunct professor, 1983—; University of Houston, visiting professor, 1985.

MEMBER: Associated Writing Programs, Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America.

AWARDS, HONORS: Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, 1980, 1993; fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 1981, 1994; Yale Younger Poets Prize, Yale University Press, 1981, and William Carlos Williams Book Award, Poetry Society of America, 1983, both for Ice House Lights; fellowship, Breadloaf Writers Conference, 1983; fellowship, Indiana Arts Commission 1986; Amy Lowell traveling poetry fellowship, 1986; fellowship, Illinois Arts Council, 1991, 1998. Other awards include the Celia B. Wagner Award, Poetry Society of America; Society of Midland Authors' Book Award; Crowley/Weingarten Award for Excellence in Teaching, Vermont College; George Kent Memorial Prize, Poetry magazine; three Pushcart Prizes.


Ice House Lights (poetry), Yale University Press (New Haven), 1982.

(Editor with Bill Henderson and Philip Levine) The Pushcart Prize XI: Best of the Small Presses, Pushcart Press, 1986.

Glassworks (poetry), University of Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh), 1987.

(Editor with Jack Myers) A Profile of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, Southern Illinois University Press (Carbondale, IL), 1987.

Mystery Train (poetry), University of Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh), 1990.

Late Empire, (poetry) University of Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh), 1994.

The Falling Hour, (poetry) University of Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh), 1997.

Strange Good Fortune: Essays on Contemporary Poetry, University of Arkansas Press (Fayetteville), 2000.

Spirit Cabinet, (poetry) University of Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh), 2002.

(Introduction) The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees, Bison Books (Lincoln, NE), 2003.

Contributor to Everything Human: On the Poetry of W. D. Snodgrass, edited by Stephen Haven, Ford-Brown and Company, 1990; editor and forward for The Only World posthumous collection of poems by Lynda Hull, Harper Perennial (New York), 1995.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Another volume of poems.



Contemporary Authors, Vol. 136, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), 1992.

Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, Vol. 99, Literary Horizons (New York), 2000.

Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English, Oxford University Press (New York), 1994.

Writers Directory, St. James Press (Detroit), 2001.


American Book Review, September 1998, p. 16.

Antioch Review, fall 1995, p. 500.

Booklist, September 1, 1994, Elizabeth Gunderson, review of Late Empire p. 20.

Chicago Review, spring-summer 1995, Sean Francis, review of Late Empire, p. 149(4).

Hudson Review, summer 1995, p. 339.

Library Journal, October 1, 1997, Tim Gavin, review of The Falling Hour, p. 87.

New Yorker, August 25, 1997, p. 160.

New York Times Book Review, October 10, 1982, p. 30; September 28, 1986, p. 26; April 28, 1996, p. 23.

Ploughshares, winter, 1994, Diann Blakely Shoaf, review of Late Empire p. 217(2).

Publishers Weekly, July 25, 1994, p. 43; June 30, 1997, review of The Falling Hour, p. 73; March 18, 2002, review of Spirit Cabinet, p. 94.

Shenandoah, fall 1998, p. 135.


Indiana University, www.indiana.edu/ (November 2003).

Raintaxi Review of Books, www.raintaxi.com/ (winter 2001-2002).

University of Pittsburgh Press, www.pitt.edu/.*