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Peter T. Wild (April 25, 1940 – February 23, 2009) was a poet, historian, and professor of English at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Born in Northampton, Massachusetts, he grew up in and graduated from high school in Easthampton, Massachusetts.[1]:5 Wild worked as a rancher and firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, and served as a lieutenant with the U.S. Army in Germany.[2] Wild earned his M.F.A. in 1969 from the University of California, Irvine.[3][4] He then began teaching for nearly 40 years and wrote over 2,000 poems; also, he edited or wrote some 80 fiction and non-fiction books, largely dealing with the American West.[5][6] His 1973 volume of poetry, Cochise, a eulogy to the Chiricahua Apache Indians and their leader Cochise,[7] was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.[8]

Peter Wild
BornPeter T. Wild
(1940-04-25)April 25, 1940
Northampton, Massachusetts
DiedFebruary 23, 2009(2009-02-23) (aged 68)
Tucson, Arizona
OccupationProfessor of English, poet, writer
NationalityUnited States
EducationB.A. (1962), M.A. (1967), M.F.A. (1969)
Alma materUniversity of Arizona (B.A. & M.A.), University of California, Irvine (M.F.A.)
Genrepoetry, American history
SubjectAmerican Southwest
Notable worksCochise (1973)
Notable awardsWriter's Digest prize, 1964
Ark River Review prize, 1972
nominated, Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, 1973
SpouseSylvia Ortiz (1966–?), Rosemary Harrold (1981–?)



  1. ^ Butscher, Edward (1992). Peter Wild. Boise, ID: Boise State University (Western Writers Series #106). p. 53. ISBN 978-0884301059. OCLC 26252302.
  2. ^ "Peter T. Wild, professor, poet".[permanent dead link] The Daily Hampshire Gazette, March 11, 2009
  3. ^ Freed, Walter; Greiner, Donald J. (ed.) (1980). "Peter Wild". Dictionary of Literary Biography: Vol. 5, American Poets since World War II, First Series Part 2: L–Z Archived 2012-09-02 at the Wayback Machine. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Research. pp. 390 ff. ISBN 978-0810309241. OCLC 59250237; also available from BookRags at Dictionary of Literary Biography on Peter Wild (subscription required)
  4. ^ Wakoski, Diane (January 1, 2001). "Wild, Peter." Contemporary Poets. Gale. Retrieved January 07, 2013 from HighBeam Research
  5. ^ "In Memoriam: Peter Wild 1940–2009". University of Arizona Poetry Center. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  6. ^ He became the leading authority on John Charles Van Dyke and the high desert. University of Arizona, University Libraries: Papers of Peter Wild Regarding Research on John C. Van Dyke
  7. ^ "Cochise by Peter Wild". Kirkus Reviews.
  8. ^ University of Nevada Press: About Peter Wild
  9. ^ Reviewed at: "The Cloning by Peter Wild". Kirkus Reviews.
  10. ^ Features poems from John Haines, Richard Hugo, William Matthews, Reg Saner, Richard Shelton, Gary Soto, William Stafford, and David Wagoner.
  11. ^ Contains selections from Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, James O. Pattie, Horace Greeley, William Gilpin, John Wesley Powell, Clarence E. Dutton, John G. Bourke, John C. Van Dyke, D. H. Lawrence, J. Frank Dobie, Aldo Leopold, Joseph Wood Krutch, Wallace Stegner, Edward Abbey, Ann Zwinger, Peter Reyner Banham. Edited with Dean Saxton and Lucille Saxton
  12. ^ Cofone, Albin J. (March 22, 1994). "The Desert Reader: Descriptions of America's Arid Regions". The American Indian Quarterly. University of Nebraska Press. Retrieved January 10, 2013 from HighBeam Research
  13. ^ Reviewed in: "The New Desert Reader." (Brief article)(Book review). Internet Bookwatch. Midwest Book Review. 2006. and "The New Desert Reader: Descriptions of America's Arid Regions". (Brief Article)(Book Review). Reference & Research Book News. Book News Inc. 2006. Both retrieved February 03, 2013 from HighBeam Research
  14. ^ Reviewed by: Ingham, Zita (March 22, 1995). "The Autobiography of John C. Van Dyke: A Personal Narrative of American Life, 1861–1931". Nineteenth-Century Prose. Retrieved January 08, 2013 from HighBeam Research
  15. ^ Reviewed in: "'The grumbling gods; a Palm Springs reader'". (Brief Article)(Book Review). Reference & Research Book News. Book News Inc. 2007. Retrieved February 05, 2013 from HighBeam Research
  16. ^ A biography of South, who wrote a series of highly popular "Desert Refuge" articles (1940–1946) in Desert Magazine about his primitive life on the desert.
  17. ^ Reviewed in: "The Secret Life of John C Van Dyke: Selected Letters." Virginia Quarterly Review January 1, 1998. Retrieved February 03, 2013 from HighBeam Research
  18. ^ Reviewed by: Steeples, Douglas (April 1, 2000, copyright Summer 2008). "Daggett: Life in a Mojave Frontier Town." Montana: The Magazine of Western History. Montana Historical Society. OCLC 4894630759 and Yardley, Jonathan. (December 17, 1997). "Desert Solitaire; A Quirky Chronicle of Life in the Mojave". The Washington Post. Washingtonpost Newsweek Interactive. Both retrieved February 03, 2013 from HighBeam Research

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