Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award. His poems have appeared in New Republic, New York Times Magazine, PBS NewsHour, and Poem-a-Day of the Academy of American Poets, and anthologized in American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time (Graywolf, 2018), edited by US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, and Furious Flower Poetry Center's forthcoming Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (Northwestern University Press, 2019). A Cave Canem graduate fellow, he studied poetry at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and New York University, where he earned his MFA. Former Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America, he has received awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Frost Place, the Fulbright Program/IIE, Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Starworks Foundation, as well as three nominations for the Pushcart Prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry, he is currently a Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University.