James Hoggard is a poet, novelist, essayist, and literary translator. His most recent book is Wearing the River: New Poems (Wings Press, 2005). In 2006 the Texas Institute of Letters gave him the Lon Tinkle Award for excellence sustained throughout a career. He was also the poet laureate of Texas. He is the Perkins-Prothro Distinguished Professor of English at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.