Since the publication of her first collection, The Water Between Us, Shara McCallum has steadily created a rich body of poems, mining the rich deposit of emotional and intellectual capital in her background of multiple migrations. Her work has explored what it means to emerge from childhood in a Rastafarian home filled with reckless idealism and enter a new world of American landscapes and values.
The Face of Water collects some of her best poems, poems that establish her as a poet of deft craft, and craftiness. She manages in these poems to enact the grand alchemy of the best poems – the art of transforming the most painful and sometimes mundane details of life into works of terrible and satisfying beauty.
Shara McCallum hails from Kingston, Jamaica. She is the author of three collections of poetry: This Strange Land, Song of Thieves, and The Water Between Us, winner of the 1998 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Her poems have been several times nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and in 2011 she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. She teaches and directs the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.