Frances McCue

Timber Curtain by Frances McCue

Frances McCue is a poet, essayist, reviewer and arts instigator. From 1996-2006, she was the founding director of Richard Hugo House in Seattle. In 2011, McCue became the first writer to win the Washington State Book Award for one book (THE BLED, a poetry collection) and place as a finalist for a second book (THE CAR THAT BROUGHT YOU HERE STILL RUNS). THE BLED also won the Grub Street National Book Prize and was a finalist for the Pacific Northwest Book Award. In a review of THE CAR THAT BROUGHT YOU HERE STILL RUNS, her book about the poet Richard Hugo, critics at Rain Taxi said: “What she accomplishes is nothing short of astonishing.” Her first poetry collection, THE STENOGRAPHER’S BREAKFAST, won the Barnard New Women’s Poetry Prize.

McCue is the non-travel writer’s travel writer and the intellectual’s anti-intellectual. Through poetry, memoir, literary criticism and historical research, McCue tells lively stories, enriching landscapes from the Pacific Northwest to Morocco. She has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Marrakesh; an Echoing Green Fellow in Seattle and a Klingenstein Fellow in New York City. Currently, she is the Writer in Residence in the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Honors Program. As a public scholar and arts instigator, McCue has spent her career connecting academic inquiries with community life.

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