David Wagoner: Northwest Master

David Wagoner: Northwest Master

Past Event: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

At Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

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David Wagoner lives in Bothell and is a local poet, professor, and novelist. Born in Massillon, Ohio in 1926, Wagoner relocated in 1954 to Seattle to teach at the University of Washington. There, he helped establish Poetry Northwest, one of the leading poetry-only journals of the last 50 years, as well as becoming known as one of the leading Pacific Northwest poets of his time.

His most recent books include The House of Song (2002), Good Morning and Good Night(2005), A Map of the Night (2008), and After the Point of No Return (2012), published by Copper Canyon Press. He also edited The Best American Poetry 2009. His work is known for its references to the natural world of the Pacific Northwest. He said of his move from the Midwest, “When I drove down out of the Cascades and saw the region that was to become my home territory for the next thirty years, my extreme uneasiness turned into awe. I had never seen or imagined such greenness, such a promise of healing growth. Everything I saw appeared to be living ancestral forms of the dead earth where I’d tried to grow up.”

His poetry has been recognized by such publications as The New York Times Book Review, who has said he is “predominantly a nature poet…as Frost and Roethke were nature poets.” The comparison to Theodore Roethke is especially apt as Roethke served as a professor, mentor, and friend to Wagoner, first at Penn State where he taught Wagoner and then at the University of Washington. Wagoner has recognized the impact Roethke had on him, saying “He knew reams of poetry by heart and he cared so much about it, that alone was electrifying to me and to others.”

Wagoner has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. Awards include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, two Pushcarts, and the Academy of Arts and Letters Award. He has also been nominated for the National Book Award two times. Wagoner received his M.A. in English in 1949 from Indiana University and is a professor emeritus at the University of Washington.

SAL thanks local poet Elizabeth Austen for being our guest host at the Wagoner reading.

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. The Recital Hall is located on the upper level of Benaroya Hall, up the stairs to the left side of the Box Office. Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.


By Car

  • From Southbound I-5
    Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5
    Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.

By Bus
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by bus and light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).

Parking
The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.

Parking is also available at:

  • The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth Avenues).
  • The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second Avenues).
  • There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.

Accessibility

All of our venues have accessible seating and listening devices available. Click here for more information about accessibility and ADA services at Benaroya Hall.

Please contact us at sal@lectures.org or 206.621.2230 x10 for more details and to let us know you’re coming so we can better accommodate your needs.