Wesley McNair is the author of ten volumes of poetry and two books of nonfiction, and he has edited seven anthologies of Maine writing, including four that feature Maine poetry. Few authors are as well versed in the history of Maine poetry or the work of Maine’s contemporary poets as McNair.

The recipient of numerous awards in poetry, McNair has held fellowships from the Fulbright Program, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He has twice been invited to read his poems by the Library of Congress and was selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America’s “finest living artists.” McNair’s latest collection is The Lost Child, which won the 2015 PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry.

For more information, visit McNair’s: www.wesleymcnair.com

PHOTO Malcolm Cochran

While serving as poet laureate, McNair created a series of initiatives designed to bring poetry to the people of Maine. To learn more about some of those initiatives, click on the links below:

→ Take Heart
→ Maine Poetry Express

During his time traveling the state’s highways and back roads as Maine Poet Laureate, McNair was gifted eclectic and heartfelt tokens of thanks for his mission in service of poetry. Here are some those sacred souvenirs, including a crown of laurels and “poet lariat.”