Sjohnna McCray

Mr. Sjohnna McCray

Part-time Faculty, English

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Sjohnna McCray won the 2015 Walt Whitman Award and his book Rapture was published by Graywolf Press. He studied at Ohio University and earned an MFA from the University of Virginia where he was a Hoyns Fellow. McCray also received an MA in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University.


  • Master's – teaching of English – Columbia University, Teachers College
  • Master's – creative writing, poetry – University of Virginia
  • Bachelor's – journalism – Ohio University

Academic Interests

  • Contemporary poetry
  • Film
  • Pop culture


  • Nominated for the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Legacy Award, 2017
  • Finalist, Lambda Literary Award, 2017
  • Finalist, Thom Gunn Award, Publishing Triangle, 2017
  • Winner, Walt Whitman Award, Academy of American Poets, 2015
  • Finalist, Fineline Award, Mid-American Review, 2004
  • Nominated for the Pushcart Prize, 2001
  • Winner, Emerson Poetry Prize, 1993
  • Winner, AWP Intro Series, 1993

Professional Affiliations

  • AWP