~ poet / critic ~


richard wakefield - writer, editor, poet, critic and translator

Richard Wakefield

(1952, Renton, Washington)

I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1983.  My dissertation (long out of print), published by Peter Lang Publishing under the title “Robert Frost and the Opposing Lights of the Hour,” is a study of Frost’s use of conflict and tension both in his subject matter and in his versification. 

Since 1985 I have taught American Literature full time at Tacoma Community College and part time at the University of Washington. 

Also since 1985 I have been a contributing critic on poetry, fiction, and biography to the Seattle Times, with around three-hundred and fifty to four-hundred reviews to date.

My articles, reviews, and essays on Frost, William James, and many other writers have appeared in American Literature, Sewanee Review, Midwest Quarterly, Writer’s Northwest, Publishing Northwest, Light, the Robert Frost Review, and other journals.

My articles on Robert Frost, Mark Twain, and the contemporary poets Robert Wrigley, David Waggoner, and Richard Hugo have appeared in various encyclopedias and other reference volumes.

My poetry has appeared in many publications, including Sewanee Review, Atlanta Review, Tampa Review, Seattle Review, Light, Hellas, Measure, The Formalist, and others.

My collection of poems, East of Early Winters, won the 2006 Richard Wilbur Award.
My poem “Petrarch” won the 2010 Howard Nemerov Award.

My wife, Catherine, and I have been married thirty-nine years and have two grown daughters.