From Jamaica, and born to a Jamaican father and Venezuelan mother, Shara McCallum is the author of six books of poetry published in the US and UK, most recently No Ruined Stone, winner of the 2022 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry and named a finalist for the 2022 UNT Rilke Prize. McCallum’s poems and essays have appeared in journals, anthologies, and textbooks throughout the US, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. La historia es un cuarto/History is a Room, an anthology of her poems translated into Spanish by Adalber Salas Hernández, was published in 2021 by Mantis Editores in Mexico. McCallum’s poems have also been translated into French, Italian, Romanian, Turkish, and Dutch. The many awards given to her work include the Silver Musgrave Medal from the Jamaican government, a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the US Library of Congress, and an NEA Fellowship in Poetry. She is currently an Edwin Erle Sparks Professor at Penn State University and a faculty member in the Pacific University Low-Residency MFA Program. From 2021-22, McCallum served as the Penn State Laureate.
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