Charif Shanahan

Charif Shanahan is the author of Trace Evidence: Poems (Tin House, 2023), which won both the 2024 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the 2024 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, in addition to being long-listed for the 2023 National Book Award in Poetry; and Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017), which was a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.

Shanahan is the recipient of a Whiting Award for Poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to Morocco, among other awards and recognitions.

Originally from the Bronx, Shanahan is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Northwestern University, where he teaches poetry in the undergraduate and Litowitz MFA+MA graduate creative writing programs.