Robert Aquinas McNally

Poet

Concord, CA
Phone: 
925-674-1520
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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 Authors Guild, National Association of Science Writers, Native American Journalists Association, and Western Writers of America, McNally wanders, wonders, and writes in Northern California.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Tweets (Arctos Press, 2010)
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Cloud View Poets (Arctos Press, 2005)
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Hunger Enough (Pudding House Publications, 2004)
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Fresh Water (Pudding House Publications, 2002)
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Grrrrrr (Arctos Press, 2000)
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Prayers to Protest (Pudding House Publications, 1998)
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The Unitarian Universalist Poets (Pudding House Publications, 1996)
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Perspectives on William Everson (Castle Peak, 1992)
Book:
Simply to Know Its Name (Grayson Books, 2015)
Chapbook:
Songs of the Two Names (Grayson Books, 2012)
Journals: ,
Atlanta Review
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Blue Unicorn
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California Quarterly
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Carquinez Poetry Review
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Clean Sheets Erotica Magazine
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Confrontation
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Creation Spirituality
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Eclectica
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Isotope: Journal of Nature and Science Writing
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Manzanita Quarterly
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Minnetonka Review
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Pembroke Magazine
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Poets On
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Pudding Magazine
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Quarry West
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River Oak Review
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Runes: A Review of Poetry
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Sanskrit Review
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Snowy Egret
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Spillway
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The Alembic
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Turning Wheel
Prizes won: 

2018 California Book Award gold medal from 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: 
The Vixen by W. S. Merwin, Canto General by Pablo Neruda, The Fact of a Body: A Mystery and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Das Gesamtwerk by Wolfgang Borchert

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Irish American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Columbus, OH
Ohio
Raised in: 
Columbus, OH
Ohio
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Last update: Jan 29, 2020