Charif Shanahan


Author's Bio

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award and winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. His poems appear or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, PBS NewsHour, Poem-A-Day of the Academy of American Poets, and Poetry. Shanahan is the recipient of a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship; the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University; a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to Morocco; the Gregory Pardlo Fellowship from the Frost Place; and residency fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony for the Arts, La Maison Baldwin in St Paul, France, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, among other awards and recognitions. Born and raised in the Bronx, he is currently a Jones Lecturer in Poetry in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University.

Publications & Prizes

Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (Northwestern University Press, 2019)
American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time (Graywolf Press, 2018)
Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (Crab Orchard Series/Southern Illinois UP, 2017)

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Arab American, Black, Irish American, LGBTQ, Mixed Race
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Last update: May 11, 2019