Campbell McGrath

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(McGrath, Campbell) Campbell McGrath, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Professor of Creative Writing at Florida International University, is considered a master of the long poem, though he has also written many prose poems as well as shorter lyrics. McGrath has published numerous collections, including Spring Comes to Chicago, which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. McGrath’s other books of poetry include Capitalism; American Noise; Florida Poems; Pax Atomica; Seven Notebooks; Shannon: A Poem of the Lewis and Clark Expedition; and In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys. He is also the co-translator of Aristophanes’s The Wasps. He has won a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares literary journal, and a Pushcart Prize. McGrath is also the co-translator of Aristophanes’s The Wasps. He has won a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares literary journal, and a Pushcart Prize. McGrath’s latest book, a Pulitzer Prize-finalist, is XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century (Ecco), which is an astonishing sequence of one hundred poems—one per year—written in a vast range of forms, and in the voices of figures as varied as Picasso and Mao, Frida Kahlo, and Elvis Presley.