Wesley McNair lives in Mercer and teaches at the University of Maine at Farmington. He is the author of nine collections of poetry, including The Faces of Americans; The Town of No; Twelve Journeys in Maine; My Brother Running; The Dissonant Heart; Talking in the Dark; Mapping the Heart; Fire (Godine, 2002); and The Ghosts of You & Me (2006).
He has received numerous prestigious national fellowships and awards from the Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Foundations, as well as from the National Endowment for the Arts. His other honors include the Devins Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an Emmy for a program on Robert Frost. In 1997 he received the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal for “distinguished contribution to the world of letters.” He recently retired from the University of Maine at Farmington, where
he directed the creative writing program.