James Hoggard has had two new collection of poems published: Soon After Rain (Wings Press) and James Hoggard: New and Selected Poems (TCU Press). Hoggard is a poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, short story writer and literary translator. He served as the Texas Poet Laureate of 2000. His writing has won numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and the Short Story Award from Texas Institute of Letters. He was an English professor at Midwestern State University from 1966-2013.