Shane McCrae

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Shane McCrae
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Shane McCrae (born September 22, 1975, Portland, Oregon)[1] is an American poet.

McCrae was the recipient of a 2011 Whiting Award,[2] and in 2012 his collection Mule was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award[3] and a PEN Center USA Literary Award.[4]

In 2013, McCrae received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.[5] His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2010, American Poetry Review, African American Review, Fence, and AGNI.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Portland, Oregon, McCrae moved to California when he was 10 years old,[1][6] and grew up in Texas and California.[7] He was raised by his white grandparents.[8] His biological mother is white and his biological father is black.[8]

He dropped out of high school and later earned a GED certificate.[6] He attended Chemeketa Community College.[1] In 2002, McCrae graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.[9] In 2004, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.[10] In 2007, he graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD.[10][7] In 2012, he earned a Master of Arts from the University of Iowa.[10]

Career[edit]

McCrae was an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing program at Oberlin College 2015-2017[11] and is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing MFA program at Columbia University.[12]

He is the author of the poetry collections Mule (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011),[13] Blood (Noemi Press, 2013), Forgiveness Forgiveness (Factory Hollow Press, 2014), The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015), and In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press 2017).

Awards[edit]

In 2011, he received the Whiting Award,[2] and in 2012 his collection Mule was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award[3] and a PEN Center USA Literary Award.[4]

The Animal Too Big to Kill won the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award.

In the Language of My Captor was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award and a winner of the 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards.[14]

Works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Weisblum, Vida (12 September 2014). "Shane McCrae Debuts Vulnerable Poetry Collection". Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "This Year's Award Winners | Whiting Writers' Awards | Programs | Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation". Whitingfoundation.org. Archived from the original on 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  3. ^ a b "Claremont Graduate University News and Events Index". Cgu.edu. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Announcing the 2012 Literary Award Winners". Archived from the original on August 18, 2012. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ "NEA: FY 2013 GRANT AWARDS: Literature Fellowships: Creative Writing (Poetry)". Nea.gov. Archived from the original on 2013-09-02. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  6. ^ a b "User account - Graduate College of The University of Iowa". Grad.uiowa.edu. Retrieved 9 July 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Shane McCrae". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Farmer, Jonathan (7 January 2016). "Headlong". slate.com. Retrieved 10 July 2016 – via Slate. 
  9. ^ "Linfield grad lands one of the country's top writing awards". Linfield.edu. Retrieved 9 July 2018. 
  10. ^ a b c "Shane McCrae - Arts and Sciences - Oberlin College". oberlin.edu. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Shane McCrae Assistant Professor at Oberlin College — Creative Writing, Oberlin College & Conservatory. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Full-time faculty; Columbia University". arts.columbia.edu. Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  13. ^ "Poetry Center || Cleveland State University". Csuohio.edu. Archived from the original on 2013-08-03. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  14. ^ Evone Jeffries, 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Are Announced, Ohio Center for the Book, March 30, 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.

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