Richard McCann

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Richard McCann
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Born1949 (age 70–71)
OccupationWriter, Professor
Alma materIowa
Period20th & 21st centuries
GenrePoetry, Nonfiction, Gay literature
Notable awardsGuggenheim, Fulbright, Rockefeller, NEA

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Richard McCann is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he is a longtime professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at American University.

A gay writer,[1] he is the author of Mother of Sorrows, a collection of linked stories that novelist Michael Cunningham has described as unbearably beautiful.[citation needed] It won the 2005 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares and was also an American Library Association Stonewall Book Award recipient, as well as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Amazon named it one of the Top 50 Books of 2005.

McCann's book of poems, Ghost Letters, won the 1994 Beatrice Hawley and Capricorn Poetry awards. With Michael Klein, he edited Things Shaped in Passing: More 'Poets for Life' Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in The Atlantic," Esquire, Ms., Tin House, Ploughshares, and numerous anthologies, including The O. Henry Prize Stories 2007, Best American Essays 2000, and The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the Yaddo Corporation. In 2010, he was the Master Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

McCann has long been associated with the town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he has lived on and off since the 1970s and where he has served on the Board of Trustees of the Fine Arts Work Center. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation in Washington, D.C. and is a Member of the Corporation of Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY.


  1. ^ Weir, John (1998-04-28). "Revealing rhymes: once poets veiled their feelings in code; now their poetry speaks volumes about their lives". The Advocate. Archived from the original on 2005-01-13. Retrieved 2007-06-06.

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