Michael Shewmaker

Michael Shewmaker


"I’m a poet and Jones Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program. My first collection of poems, Penumbra (Ohio UP /Swallow), won the 2016 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. I grew up in Texarkana, Texas, around amazing storytellers, and so my work often explores the intersections of song and story. Recent poems appear in Best American Poetry, Missouri Review, Oxford American, Narrative, Yale Review, and elsewhere. I received my MFA at McNeese State University (the bayou) and my Ph.D. at Texas Tech University (the desert).

Growing up, I probably spent too much time in the local arcade playing the latest games. To this day, I’m a gaming enthusiast: board games, card games, video games—you name it, I’m probably into it. I’m a big believer in the idea of 'play' and am convinced that my attraction to games is very similar to the attraction that brings me back to the page, again and again, as a writer.

I currently live in the Bay Area with my wife, Emily."

Michael Shewmaker is the recent winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize and author of Penumbra (Ohio UP, 2017). His poems recently appear in Yale Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Sewanee Review, Poetry Daily, Parnassus, Oxford American, Narrative, and elsewhere. Born in Texarkana, Texas, he earned an MFA from McNeese State University and a PhD in creative writing from Texas Tech University. He is a Jones Lecturer in poetry at Stanford University.

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