Larry Woiwode Death A North Dakota Poet Laureate, dies at age 79

North Dakota Poet Laureate Larry Woiwode has died, according to his family. A post on Ruth Woiwode’s Facebook page said her father died on Thursday, April 28. He was 79 years old. Woiwode was the 1992 recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state’s highest civic honor. Governor Doug Burgum issued the following statement on Sunday regarding Woiwode’s passing:

“Larry Woiwode has inspired and mentored countless writers over his long and distinguished career. Through it all, he always remembered his roots in North Dakota, since being our state’s Poet Laureate since 1995 and leading numerous classes and workshops for aspiring writers in his home state,” Burgum said. “His award-winning work has garnered much praise and instilled immense pride in his fellow North Dakotans. Kathryn and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who have found joy and inspiration in his writings.

Woiwode was born in 1941 in Carrington, near his hometown of Sykeston. In 1950, his family moved to Illinois. His writing career began in New York and by 1966 he was publishing stories and poetry in The New Yorker. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, Harper’s, and The Paris Review.

Larry Woiwode Age

Woiwode’s novels included “What I Will Do”, “I Think” (1969), “Beyond the Bedroom Wall” (1975), and “Born Brothers” (1988), in addition to short storybooks, and poetry and non-fiction. He was a Guggenheim Scholar, winner of the John Dos Passos Prize, recipient of the William Faulkner Foundation Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Medal of Merit. It was also a finalist for the Book Critics Circle and the National Book Awards and appeared in four volumes of Best American Short Stories.

Woiwode’s funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at New Hope Lutheran Church in Jamestown.

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