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David Lee has published over two dozen books and his awards include the Western States Book Award, Mountain and Plains States Booksellers Award, Elkhorn Poetry Prize and Utah Book Awards. He was named the First Poet Laureate of Utah and held that position for a six-year term. In 2001 he was Finalist-runner-up for the position of United States Poet Laureate. He has received multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. He has received multiple nominations for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize.
Lee held classes at Southern Utah University for thirty two years and chaired the Department of Language, Literature, and Humanities for twenty five of those years. He received every teaching award given by the university, including being named Professor of the Year on three separate occasions. He is an Emeritus Professor of English at that institution. He was the fifth academic in Utah to be named a Lifetime Fellow by the Utah Council of Arts and Sciences and received the Utah Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in both the Arts and Humanities.
Retired, Lee splits his time between Boulder, Utah; Mesquite, Nevada; Silver City, Nevada; Seaside, Oregon; the Cascade River, Washington; and Benalmadena, Espana. His most recent book is Mine Tailings published by 5 Sisters Press. He reads, scribbles and wanders available graveled roads and trails, all at about the same rate and pace.