Wesley McNair

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Title Professor Emeritus & Writer in Residence
Telephone 207.778.7425

Wesley McNair has been called by poet Philip Levine “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.” He is the author of 10 volumes of poems and 22 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 for $50, 000 as one of America’s “finest living artists.” He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress and has derived five times on the Pulitzer jury 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 23 times on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac. It has also appeared in The Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, for which he served as a poetry editor in 2010, and over 60 anthologies and textbooks. In 2015 he was named as the recipient of the 2015 PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry. His most recent collection, published by David Godine in 2017, is The Unfastening.


  • 1968 MA Middlebury College
  • 1975 MLITT Middlebury College