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Robert Aquinas McNally

Author's Bio

Robert Aquinas McNally is the author or coauthor of nine books of nonfiction, with a tenth forthcoming in October 2017, as well as four poetry chapbooks and one full-length collection. His poems have appeared in a long list of anthologies and journals, and five times they have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Western Writers of America, McNally wanders, wonders, and writes in Northern California.

Publications and Prizes

Simply to Know Its Name (Grayson Books, 2015)
Songs of the Two Names (Grayson Books, 2012)
Tweets (Arctos Press, 2010), Cloud View Poets (Arctos Press, 2005), Hunger Enough (Pudding House Publications, 2004), Fresh Water (Pudding House Publications, 2002), Grrrrrr (Arctos Press, 2000), Prayers to Protest (Pudding House Publications, 1998), The Unitarian Universalist Poets (Pudding House Publications, 1996), Perspectives on William Everson (Castle Peak, 1992)
apt: an online literary journal, Atlanta Review, Bateau, Blue Unicorn, Blueline, California Quarterly, Carquinez Poetry Review, Clean Sheets Erotica Magazine, Confrontation, Creation Spirituality, decomP, Eclectica, Ecotone, Flyway, Forge Journal, Fourteen Hills, Hawaii Pacific Review, Isotope: Journal of Nature and Science Writing, Manzanita Quarterly, Minnetonka Review, Pembroke Magazine, Poets On, Pudding Magazine, Quarry West, Quiddity, Reed Magazine, River Oak Review, Riversedge, Runes: A Review of Poetry, Sanskrit Review, Snowy Egret, Soundings East, Spillway, The Alembic, The Cape Rock, The MacGuffin, The Pedestal, Turning Wheel
2016 category finalist, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, for "Simply to Know Its Name." 2014 Grayson Books Poetry Prize, for "Simply to Know Its Name." Finalist, 2014 Brittingham Prize. Finalist, 2014 Sixteen Rivers Press competition. Finalist, 2014 Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry. Finalist, 2014 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. Finalist, 2014 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. 2012 Grayson Books Poetry Chapbook Award for "Songs of the Two Names." 2011 Berkeley Poets' Dinner Grand Prize.

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Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Bones of Grace by Tahmima Anam, Canto General by Pablo Neruda, The Truro Bear and Other Adventures by Mary Oliver, Das Gesamtwerk by Wolfgang Borchert
Favorite Books:
The Iliad, Moby Dick, War and Peace, The Idiot, American Primitive, The Last Report of the Miracles at Little No Horse, The Book of Hours, Bury the Chains, Empire of the Summer Moon, Fools Crow, Riding the Earthboy 40
Favorite Authors:
Mary Oliver, Louise Erdrich, James Welch, Adam Hochschild, Michael Ondaatje, Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, Pablo Neruda, Joy Harjo

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Listing last updated: December 6, 2016

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Irish American
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Born in:
Columbus, OH
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Columbus, OH

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