The author of three poetry collections, McCallum's work has additionally appeared in The Antioch Review, Callaloo, Chelsea, The Iowa Review, Verse, Creative Nonfiction, Seneca Review, Witness. She graduated from the University of Miami, from the University of Maryland, with an M.F.A., and from Binghamton University in New York, with a PhD She has taught at the Stonecoast MFA program. She directs the Stadler Center for Poetry and teaches creative writing and literature at Bucknell University. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.
Honors and awards
- 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry
- Tennessee Individual Artist Grant in Literature
- Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant
- 1998 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
Full-length Poetry Collections
- This Strange Land (Alice James Books, forthcoming)
- Song of Thieves. University of Pittsburgh Press. 2003. ISBN 978-0-8229-5813-0.
- The Water Between Us. University of Pittsburgh Press. 1999. ISBN 978-0-8229-5710-2.
- Emmanuel Sampath Nelson, ed. (2000). "Mary Church Terrell". African American authors, 1745–1945. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-30910-6.
- Michael Collier, ed. (2000). The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology Series. University Press of New England.
- E. Ethelbert Miller, ed. (2002). Beyond the Frontier. Black Classic Press. ISBN 978-1-57478-017-8.
- Billy Collins, ed. (2003). Poetry 180: a turning back to poetry. Random House Trade Paperbacks. ISBN 978-0-8129-6887-3.
- Kei Miller, ed. (2007). New Caribbean poetry: an anthology. Carcanet. ISBN 978-1-85754-941-6.
Shara McCallum's first collection, The Water Between Us, may be a typical first book of poetry that moves through the torments and glories of growing up, but it is not a typical collection. McCallum's poems are startling in their breadth of experience and language. From the beginning McCallum asks us to free our expectations with her apt epigraph, "Only the magic and the dream are true. All the rest's a lie"
The poems in The Water Between Us work to a compelling cumulative effect. The title of the collection, the poet’s first, refers not only to the water of birth but also to the mythological waters of memory and the unconscious.
- National Endowment of the Arts 2011 Poetry Fellows. Nea.gov. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
- Shara McCallum (Spring 2001). "Jamaica, October 18, 1972". The Antioch Review. 59 (2): 281. JSTOR 4614160.
- Shara McCallum (Autumn 2004). "Penelope". The Antioch Review. 62 (4): 707. JSTOR 4614740.
- Project MUSE – Callaloo – Talisman. Muse.jhu.edu. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
- The Seneca Review – Hobart Student Association, Hobart College, William Smith College, William Smith Student Association – Google Books. Books.google.com (29 February 2008). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
- College Park Magazine | Feature | University of Maryland. Urhome.umd.edu (18 October 1972). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
- Shara McCallum, Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Poets.org. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
-  Archived 6 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- From the Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry || Bucknell University. Bucknell.edu. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
- Shara McCallum || Bucknell University. Bucknell.edu (1 October 2011). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
- Shara McCallum | Directory of Writers | Poets & Writers. Pw.org (16 June 2009). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
- Alice James Books > News & Events Archived 5 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
- Magdelyn Hammond. "The Water Between Us, by Shara McCallum: A Review". Smartish Pace.
- Boston Review (25.5) http://www.bostonreview.net/BR25.5/micropoetry.html. Missing or empty
- "An Interview with Shara McCallum", Smartish Pace, Magdelyn Hammond
- "Shara McCallum", Here Comes Everybody
- "Shara McCallum, Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry", YouTube
- "For Rachel, Just before Speech", ars poetica
- "The Art Room", Poetry Foundation
- "Matins". Ploughshares. Spring 2002. Archived from the original on 20 August 2006.
- "The News", Cave Canem