November 19, 1953 – October 23, 2018
Inside you one vault after another opens endlessly.
Don’t be ashamed to be a human being– be proud.
The MFA Program for Writers mourns the passing of beloved poet and colleague Tony Hoagland, who joined the faculty in January 1993. He supervised the projects of more than 50 students over the next twenty-plus years. Many of his craft essays were first delivered at Warren Wilson MFA residencies.
In September, Tony wrote of his time with our MFA program, “What a privilege it has been for me to share this passionate community of our art and Warren Wilson with so many others of that remarkable company of brave believers.”
I have a foolish conviction that poetry is still important to the world, important to human nature, capable of making it deeper and better and more self-knowing…I haven’t found anything better to believe in…. It would be my next goal, as a writer of whatever genre, to learn how to write into the mystery completely.