blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2020  Vol. 19 No. 1
Clint McCown

Clint McCown is the author of the novels Haints (New Rivers Press, 2012), The Weatherman (Graywolf Press, 2004), War Memorials (Graywolf Press, 2000), and The Member-Guest (Doubleday, 1995), as well as the poetry collections The Dictionary of Unspellable Noises: New & Selected Poems, 19752018 (Press 53, 2019), Total Balance Farm (Press 53, 2017), Dead Languages (Anhinga Press, 2008), Wind Over Water (Northwoods Press, 1984), and Sidetracks (Jackpine Press, 1977). He has worked as a screenwriter for Warner Bros. and as a Creative Consultant for HBO Television and had several plays produced. As a broadcast journalist he received an Associated Press Award for Documentary Excellence for his investigations of organized crime and political corruption. He twice won the American Fiction Prize and has received the S. Mariella Gable Prize, the Midwest Book Award, the Society of Midland Authors Award, the Germaine BreĆ© Book Award, a Distinction in Literature citation from the Wisconsin Library Association, an NEA grant, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and a Discover Great New Writers designation from Barnes & Noble. He has twice received Notable Essay citations in the Best American Essays series. His stories, essays, and poems have appeared in over seventy-five national journals and magazines. He has been a contributing editor to a dozen literary magazines and was the founding editor of the Beloit Fiction Journal, which he edited for twenty years. In April 2020, he is scheduled for induction into the Wake Forest University Writers Hall of Fame. He teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University.  end