Robert Aquinas McNally


Author's Bio

Robert Aquinas McNally is the author or coauthor of ten books of nonfiction 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 Authors Guild, the National Association of Science Writers, Native American Journalists Association, 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)
Cloud View Poets
(Arctos Press, 2005)
, Fresh Water
(Pudding House Publications, 2002)
, Grrrrrr
(Arctos Press, 2000)
, Hunger Enough
(Pudding House Publications, 2004)
, Perspectives on William Everson
(Castle Peak, 1992)
, Prayers to Protest
(Pudding House Publications, 1998)
, The Unitarian Universalist Poets
(Pudding House Publications, 1996)
, Tweets
(Arctos Press, 2010)
Apt, Atlanta Review, Bateau, Blue Unicorn, Blueline, California Quarterly, Carquinez Poetry Review, Clean Sheets Erotica Magazine, Confrontation, Creation Spirituality, Decomp, Eclectica, Ecotone, Flyway, Forge, 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, Cape Rock, MacGuffin, The Pedestal, Turning Wheel
Songs of the Two Names
(Grayson Books, 2012)
Prizes Won: 
2018 California Book Award gold medal in the Californiana category by the Commonwealth Club of California for "The Modoc War: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America's Gilded Age." 2018 nonfiction finalist in Northern California Book Awards for "The Modoc War." 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.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Selected Poetry of Herman Melville by by Robert Penn Warren, editor
Canto General by Pablo Neruda
What They Did to the Kid by Jack Fritscher
Das Gesamtwerk by Wolfgang Borchert
Lessons from a Dark Time by Adam Hochschild

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Irish American
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Columbus, OH
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Last updated: Mar 19, 2019