Part of our continuing series on the Wild Dog Collection by SHSU Special Collections intern Kara Stafford
Hugh Andrew Wagnon Jr., better known as simply Drew Wagnon was not only a beat poet but also one of the editors of the Wild Dog Papers a beat poetry magazine. In the Wild Dog collection, housed in the Thomason Room, you can find poetry by Drew Wagnon as well as read correspondence between Wagon and other beat poets, which offers a bit of interesting insight into Drew Wagnon the poet and Drew Wagnon the man. Many of the correspondence between Wagnon and other poets published in The Wild Dog are friendly and not very business oriented, which makes them very interesting. You can find Wagnon’s poems in issues 6,13,16,18. Wagons poems include Ariba, Poem, Alto, and Later. Ariba can be found in series 2, subseries 4, box 8, folder 6. Poem can be found in series 2, subseries 4, box 8, folder 13. Wagnon’s poem Alto describes a trip to Mexico and can be found in series 2, subseries 4, box 9, folder 1. Wagon’s last poem in The Wild Dog collection can be found in series 2, subseries 4, box 9, folder 3, it contains a very interesting view on the world.
Wagnon was married 3 times and outlived his last wife. Terry, Wagnon’s first wife helped him edit several editions of The Wild Dog Papers. In the correspondents section, found in series 1, subseries 1 and 2, boxes 1-3, you can read letters sent to her and Drew Wagnon from other beat authors.
Along with editing and writing poetry, Wagnon also had a variety of odd jobs, throughout his life, which included; electrician, housing inspector, high rise steel worker, printing press operator, and postal worker.
Drew Wagnon died on November, 4 2011, but he lives on through his amazing beat poetry.
To view and read Drew Wagnons poetry and The Wild Dog Papers visit Newton Gresham Library’s Special Collections in room 400 of the Library.
View a detailed finding aid of this collection at Sam Houston State University’s Archon page and see just what materials are in the collection.