Shara McCallum, professor of English at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, has been chosen by U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey to receive a 2013 Witter Bynner Fellowship. Professor McCallum will receive a $10,000 prize and had the opportunity to read her poetry at the Library of Congress this week to open National Poerty Month.
Professor McCallum is the author of four books of poetry: This Strange Land (Alice James Books, 2011), Song of Thieves (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003), The Water Between Us (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999) and The Face of Water: New & Selected Poems (Peepal Tree Press, 2011).
Dr. McCallum is a native of Jamaica. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from Binghamton University in New York.