Walter Robert McDonald (born July 18, 1934 in Lubbock, Texas) is an American poet and former professor. He served as Poet Laureate of Texas in 2001. In May 2002, he retired from Texas Tech University as "Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of English" and "Poet in Residence".
McDonald's books of poetry include Faith Is A Radical Master and A Thousand Miles of Stars. Before joining the faculty at Texas Tech University, he was a pilot in the Air Force and also taught at the Air Force Academy.
Some of his experiences as a pilot are reflected in his verses.
- Texas Tech University Press - The Waltz He Was Born For: An Introduction to the Writing of Walt McDonald
- Walter McDonald: An Inventory of His Papers, 1945-2003 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
- McDonald Home Page
- Walt McDonald - Abilene Christian University
- Two Poems by Walter McDonald
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