Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry/SIU Press, 2017), which was named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. He holds degrees in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and Dartmouth College and an MFA from New York University.
His poems have appeared in various journals, including New Republic, New York Times Magazine, PBS NewsHour, Poem-a-Day of the Academy of American Poets, Poetry International, and Prairie Schooner, which awarded him the Edward Stanley Award. His translations from German and Italian have appeared in Circumference, A Public Space, RHINO Poetry and have been performed by the Vienna Art Orchestra.
Currently, his poetry features in the inaugural cycle of the new MUNI Art program, presented by San Francisco Beautiful and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which places original poems on 100 Muni buses, accompanied by five visual representations of the poem.
For his work, he has received awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Cave Canem Foundation, the Frost Place, the Fulbright Program/IIE, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Starworks Foundation, as well as three nominations for the Puschart Prize. Currently, he is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.
Born in the Bronx to an Irish-American father and a Moroccan mother, Charif has extensive international experience and has lived in Argentina, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. From 2012-2015, Charif was Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America. He has taught creative writing, literature, and language at Dartmouth College, the Collegio di Milano (Italy), International House (Europe, North America), New York University, and Stanford University.