Biography of Shane McCrae
Shane McCrae (born September 22, 1975) is an American poet. He is the author of the poetry collections The Animal Too Big to Kill (winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award; to be published in September, 2015 by Persea Books), Forgiveness Forgiveness (Factory Hollow Press, 2014), Blood (Noemi Press, 2013), and Mule (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011). McCrae was the recipient of a 2011 Whiting Writers' Award, and in 2012 his collection Mule was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a PEN Center USA Literary Award. In 2013, McCrae received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2010, American Poetry Review, African American Review, Fence, and AGNI.
Shane McCrae attended the University of Oregon, Linfield College, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Harvard Law School. He lives in Oberlin, Ohio, where he is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing program at Oberlin College. McCrae also teaches in the brief-residency MFA program at Spalding University.
Shane McCrae Poems
Whose Story of Us We Is Told Is Us
Brother is we is each of us we ghosts Brother of white folks we don't never known us brother we Because we never doesn't fits
Still When I Picture It the Face of God ...
Before it disappears on the sand his long white beard before it disappears The face of the man in the waves I ask her does she see it ask her does
The Ballad of Cathay Williams William Ca...
A white man wouldn't less He stripped me naked was Whipping me know
The Best Thing Anyone Ever Said About Pa...
Today you will the say the any ever best thing any ever anyone Said about Paul Celan
Nicholas turned eleven two Months he ago a he ago I after him a-running still
Nicholas turned eleven two
Months he ago a he ago
I after him a-running still
But quietly and far away