Texas Tech University

William Wenthe

Wenthe's fifth book of poems is The Gentle Art, which will be published by LSU Press in 2023. His other books are: God's Foolishness (2016); Words Before Dawn (2012); Not Till We Are Lost (2003); and Birds of Hoboken (1995). Not Till We Are Lost won the Best Book of Poetry Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes. He has published poems in journals including Poetry, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, Tin House, Orion, TriQuarterly, and The Southern Review. In addition, he teaches 20th Century British Poetry and has written articles on Yeats, H. D., poetic form and literary theory.

Ph.D. Virginia


The Gentle Art (LSU 2023)

God's Foolishness (LSU 2016)

Words Before Dawn (LSU 2012)

Not Till We Are Lost (LSU 2004)

Birds of Hoboken (Orchises Press 1995; reprinted 2003).

Poetry and interviews published in anthologies including:

Poets on Place. Utah State University Press, 2005.

Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds. North Point Press, 2004.

Pushcart Prize XXV and XXVII.

Texas in Poetry, 2. TCU Press, 2002.

Published in journals including:

Poetry, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, Orion, Tin House, Chelsea, Poetry East, Tar Tiver Poetry, Smartish Pace, Cimarron Review, Southern Humanities Review, The Literary Review, Southwest Review, Poet Lore, Ascent, and many others.


Everett Southwest Literary Award for book manuscript, Words Before Dawn, 2009

Research Enhancement Fund, Texas Tech University, 2008

Arts and Humanities Initiative, Texas Tech University, Spring 2007

President's Book Award, Texas Tech University, Spring 2006

Texas Institute of Letters, Natalie Ornish Best Book of Poetry Award

Faculty Development Leave, Texas Tech University, Spring 2004

Pushcart Prize for poem, “Heron,” 2004

Pushcart Prize for poem, “Hammering Stones,” 2000

Texas Commission on the Arts: Texas Writing Fellowship in Poetry, 1st Place, 1999

Alumni Association New Faculty Award, Texas Tech University, 1996.

National Endowment for the Arts: Fellowship in Poetry, 1995

Fellow in Poetry, Wesleyan Writers Conference, 1998

TTU Research Enhancement Fund Travel Grant, 1994-95

Gloria Lyerla Research Travel Grant, 1993


Professor & Department Chair
Creative Writing

Email: william.wenthe@ttu.edu