Shann Ray’s work has appeared in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Northwest Review, Esquire, Narrative, Poetry International, McSweeney’s, and Salon. Honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, the American Book Award, and the High Plains Book Award for poetry. He is the author of American Masculine (Graywolf), Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity (Rowman & Littlefield), and Balefire (Lost Horse). His website: