Poet Laureate of Texas
JAMES HOGGARD was named Poet Laureate of Texas for 2000 by the State Legislature. A teacher at MSU since 1966, he has won numerous awards for his writing, including a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, the Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for literary translation, the Brazos Bookstore (Houston) Award for short story, and the Stanley Walker Award for the best newspaper journalism of the year by a writer from Texas. In addition, he was named a finalist in 1999 for the National Poetry Series Award.
His books include six collections of poems — most recently Medea In Taos & Other Poems (Pecan Grove) and Rain In A Sunlit Sky (Page One) — six collections of literary translations, a novel, a biography, and a collection of stories. His novel Trotter Ross was hailed by Leonard Randolph, the former director of literature for the NEA, as "far and away the finest masculine ‘coming of age’ novel in current American literature ... a brilliant writer." His collection of stories, Riding The Wind & Other Tales, has been called "one of the finest books ever written by a Texas writer" (Dave Oliphant, Texas Books In Review). A dramatist as well as poet, fiction writer and translator, he has had seven of his plays produced, including two in New York.
In addition to appearing in textbooks and anthologies, hundreds of his poems, stories, essays, and translations have appeared in such magazines and journals as Southwest Review, Texas Monthly, The Texas Observer, Partisan Review, Redbook, Mississippi Review, Manoa, Ohio Review, Translation Review, Southern Living, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and numerous others.