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James Hoggard recently completed his first stint as the poet laureate of Texas. He is also a past president of the Texas Institute of Letters. Currently, he is the Perkins-Prothro Distinguished Professor of English at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Hoggard's work in multiple genres is routinely called "brilliant." He is a poet, short story writer, novelist, playwright, essayist and translator. The author of more than fifteen books and seven produced plays, he has won numerous awards for his writing and no end of critical praise. His novel, Trotter Ross (Wings, 1999), was called "far and away, the finest novel about masculine coming of age in current American literature" by Leonard Randolph, former director of the NEA literature program. Hoggard is the recipient of the Hart Crane and Alice Crane Williams Memorial Award for poetry, the Texas Institute of Letters prize for short fiction, the Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for translation, the Stanley Walker Award for Journalism, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and other honors. His work has been published internationally in the U.S., India, England, Canada, the Czech Republic, Cuba and elsewhere.

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