Shara McCallum

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Shara McCallum
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Born Kingston, Jamaica
Alma mater University of Miami,
University of Maryland, College Park
Binghamton University
Genre Poetry
Notable awards National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

Shara McCallum (born Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican American poet, who was recently awarded a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry.[1]

The author of three poetry collections, McCallum's work has additionally appeared in The Antioch Review,[2][3] Callaloo,[4] Chelsea, The Iowa Review, Verse, Creative Nonfiction, Seneca Review,[5] Witness. She graduated from the University of Miami, from the University of Maryland,[6] with an M.F.A., and from Binghamton University in New York, with a PhD[7] She has taught at the Stonecoast MFA program.[8] She directs the Stadler Center for Poetry and teaches creative writing and literature at Bucknell University.[9][10] She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.[11]

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Published works[edit]

Full-length Poetry Collections

Non Fiction

Anthology publications


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"[13]

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.[14]


  1. ^ a b National Endowment of the Arts 2011 Poetry Fellows Archived 27 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  2. ^ Shara McCallum (Spring 2001). "Jamaica, October 18, 1972". The Antioch Review. 59 (2): 281. JSTOR 4614160. 
  3. ^ Shara McCallum (Autumn 2004). "Penelope". The Antioch Review. 62 (4): 707. JSTOR 4614740. 
  4. ^ Project MUSE – Callaloo – Talisman. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  5. ^ The Seneca Review – Hobart Student Association, Hobart College, William Smith College, William Smith Student Association – Google Books. (29 February 2008). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  6. ^ College Park Magazine | Feature | University of Maryland Archived 30 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. (18 October 1972). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  7. ^ Shara McCallum, Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  8. ^ [1] Archived 6 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ From the Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry || Bucknell University. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  10. ^ Shara McCallum || Bucknell University. (1 October 2011). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  11. ^ Shara McCallum | Directory of Writers | Poets & Writers. (16 June 2009). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  12. ^ Alice James Books > News & Events Archived 5 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Magdelyn Hammond. "The Water Between Us, by Shara McCallum: A Review". Smartish Pace. 
  14. ^ Boston Review (25.5)  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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