KR Conversations

KR Podcast with Shara McCallum

Poet Shara McCallum talks to KR’s Anna Duke Reach about memory as an afterlife and reconstructing those we’ve lost through the language we use.

Shara McCallum was born in Jamaica to an African Jamaican father and a Venezuelan mother and moved to the United States with her family when she was nine. Her collections of poetry include The Water Between Us (1999), Song of Thieves (2003), This Strange Land (2011), The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems (2011), and Madwoman (2017). She is a liberal arts professor of English at Penn State University and, from 2003-17, served as the director of the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University. McCallum has received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress, and other distinctions. In 2018, she was awarded the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for poetry. Her work considers the intersections of race, gender, history, and personal identity.

Anna Duke Reach is the Director of Programs for the Kenyon Review.

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