The Words I Chose

The Words I Chose

A Memoir of Family and Poetry

By Wesley McNair

Carnegie-Mellon University Press, Paperback, 9780887485572, 176pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 2012

Beginning in poverty and a broken home, Wesley McNair went on, through family hardships and setbacks, to become what Philip Levine has called one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry. This memoir tells how he developed into a poet against the odds, incorporating his struggles into his art.

About the Author
Wesley McNair is the author of twenty books. He has twice been invited by the Library of Congress to read his poetry; has won the Robert Frost and Theodore Roethke Prizes, grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, and two grants in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006 he was selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America s finest living artists. He is Maine s Poet Laureate.