The Words I Chose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry (Paperback)

A Memoir of Family and Poetry

By Wesley McNair

Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 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 or editor of 18 books, including poetry, essays, and anthologies. His most recent volume of verse is Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems. He has won the Theodore Roethkeand Robert Frost Prizes, grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations, two Rockefeller fellowships, and two NEA grants for creative writing. In 2006 he was selected for a United States ArtistsFellowship as one of America's "finest living artists."