Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry/SIU Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award. He is a Jones Lecturer in Poetry in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University.
Shanahan’s poems appear in numerous journals, including American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, PBS NewsHour, Poem-A-Day of the Academy of American Poets, and Poetry. His work has recently been anthologized in American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time (Graywolf Press, 2018), edited by former US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, Furious Flower’s Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (Northwestern, 2019), The BreakBeat Poets Vol 3: Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket, 2019), and elsewhere.
Shanahan is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship; the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University; a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to Morocco; the Gregory Pardlo Fellowship from the Frost Place; and residency fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony for the Arts, La Maison Baldwin in St Paul, France, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, among other awards and recognitions.
Born in the Bronx to an Irish-American father and a Moroccan mother, he has extensive international experience and has lived in Argentina, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. He holds a BA in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing from Princeton University; an MA in Comparative Literature and Literary Translation from Dartmouth College; and an MFA in Poetry from New York University.
Former Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America, he has taught literature and language at California College of the Arts (CCA), the Collegio di Milano (Italy), New York University, and Stanford University.