Our finalist judge was Shane McCrae.
Poet Shane McCrae grew up in Texas and California. The first in his family to graduate from college, McCrae earned a BA at Linfield College, an MA at the University of Iowa, an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a JD at Harvard Law School. McCrae is the author of several poetry collections, including Mule (2011), Blood (2013), and The Animal Too Big to Kill (2015); his work has also been featured in The Best American Poetry 2010, edited by Amy Gerstler. His honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. McCrae teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Spalding University and at Oberlin College.