Shane McCrae

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Shane McCrae (born September 22, 1975, Portland, Oregon)[1] 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; published in 2015 by Persea Books), Forgiveness Forgiveness (Factory Hollow Press, 2014), Blood (Noemi Press, 2013), and Mule (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011).[2] McCrae was the recipient of a 2011 Whiting Award,[3] and in 2012 his collection Mule was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award[4] and a PEN Center USA Literary Award.[5] In 2013, McCrae received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.[6] His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2010, American Poetry Review, African American Review, Fence, and AGNI.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Portland, Oregon, McCrae moved to California when he was 10 years old.[1][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.[7] 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][11] In 2012, he earned a Master of Arts from the University of Iowa.[10]


McCrae is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing program at Oberlin College in Ohio.[12] He also teaches in the brief-residency MFA program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.[13]

Personal life[edit]

McCrae lives in Oberlin, Ohio.


  1. ^ a b c Weisblum, Vida (12 September 2014). "Shane McCrae Debuts Vulnerable Poetry Collection". Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Poetry Center || Cleveland State University". Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  3. ^ a b "This Year's Award Winners | Whiting Writers' Awards | Programs | Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation". Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Claremont Graduate University News and Events Index". Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  5. ^ "Announcing the 2012 Literary Award Winners". Archived from the original on August 18, 2012. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ "NEA: FY 2013 GRANT AWARDS: Literature Fellowships: Creative Writing (Poetry)". Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
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  8. ^ a b Farmer, Jonathan (7 January 2016). "Headlong". Retrieved 10 July 2016 – via Slate. 
  9. ^’s-top-writing-awards/
  10. ^ a b c "Shane McCrae - Arts and Sciences - Oberlin College". Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Shane McCrae". Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Creative Writing | Oberlin College". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  13. ^ "MFA Faculty | Spalding University". Retrieved 2013-08-10. 

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