Bio - Wesley McNair

Wesley McNair Biography: Short

Wesley McNair has been called by poet Philip Levine “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.” He has won grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two NEA grants in creative writing, and an Emmy Award. He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress. He was recently selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America's “finest living artists,” and in 2015 was named as the recipient of the PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry. His new book of poems is The Unfastening.

Wesley McNair Biography: Longer

Wesley McNair has been called by poet Philip Levine “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.” The author of nine volumes of poems, he has held grants from the Guggenheim and Fulbright foundations, two Rockefeller fellowships, two grants in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Emmy Award. He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress, and has served five times on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He was recently selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America's “finest living artists,” and in 2015 was named as the recipient of the PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry. His new book of poems is The Unfastening.

Wesley McNair Biography: Longest

Wesley McNair has been called by poet Philip Levine “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.” He is the author of nine volumes of poems and twenty books, including poetry, nonfiction, and edited anthologies. McNair has held grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller grants for study at the Bellagio Center in Italy, two NEA fellowships, and a United States Artist Fellowship as one of America's "finest living artists." He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress, and has served five times on the Pulitzer jury for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Other honors include the Robert Frost Award, the Theodore Roethke Prize, an Emmy Award, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, for his “distinguished contribution to the world of letters.” His poetry has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition and 22 times on Garrison Keillor’s Writer's Almanac. It has also appeared in the Best American Poetry and over sixty anthologies and textbooks. In 2015 he was named as the recipient of the 2015 PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry. His new book is The Unfastening.