Shane McCrae

Shane McCrae’s most recent books are Sometimes I Never Suffered (2020) which was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, The Gilded Auction Block (2019) and In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), which won the 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the William Carlos Williams Award. He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University


Forward Prizes History:

  • 2022 Forward Prizes for Best Collection, shortlisted for, Cain Named the Animal (Little Brown)

Please note: Shane McCrae’s Cain Named the Animal responds to themes of childhood sexual abuse and societal violence within a larger project of creative witness and transformation.