David Lee

David Lee was Utah’s first poet laureate; in 2001 he was finalist-runner up for United States Poet Laureate. He is the author of two dozen volumes of poetry, including The Porcine Canticles, A Legacy of Shadows, So Quietly the Earth, Last Call, and Mine Tailings. A former seminary student and semi-pro baseball player, and hog farmer. He has a PhD. with a concentration in John Milton and taught at Southern Utah University for over three decades where he received every teaching award given by the university including being named Professor of the Year on three occasions. His awards include multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Western States Book Award, Mountain and Plains States Booksellers Award, Critics Choice Award, Utah Book Awards, Elkhorn Poetry Prize, Evolutionary Poem of the Year, Utah Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, Utah Governor’s Merit Award in the Humanities, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. The Utah Humanities Council and Utah Education Association named him one of the top 12 writers in Utah literary history and he was the fifth academic in Utah higher education to be named a Lifetime Fellow by the Utah Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retired, he scribbles and wanders rural roads and byways, all at about the same rate and pace, and maintains his intense training schedule to achieve his goal of becoming a World Class Piddler. David Lee currently resides in Seaside, Oregon.


6 April 2022
National Poetry Month Reading Series
Sundance Books & Music
121 California Avenue
Reno, Nevada

18 April 2022 – AM
Dixie State University
St. George, Utah

18 April 2022 – PM
Hilton Garden Inn
St. George, Utah
Community reading

22 & 23 April 2022
Power of Poetry Conference
Logan, Ohio

27 April 2022
Southern Utah University
Cedar City, Utah

28 April 2022
Southern Utah Museum of Art
Cedar City, Utah