Campbell McGrath lives in Miami Beach with his wife and two sons. Since 1993 he has taught in the MFA program at Florida International University, where he is the Philip and Patricia Frost Professor of Creative Writing.
His first book, Capitalism, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 1990, and his subsequent books, beginning with American Noise in 1993, have been published by The Ecco Press. Following the publication of his third book, Spring Comes to Chicago, in 1996, McGrath received a number of honors, including the Kingsley Tufts Prize, fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations (the so-called “genius” award), as well as a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. Four more Ecco Press books have followed—Road Atlas, Florida Poems, Pax Atomica and Seven Notebooks— as well as Heart of Anthracite: Collected Prose Poems, from Stride Books, in England. His eighth volume of original work, Shannon: A Poem of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, will be published in 2009.
McGrath’s poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times; they have been published in over forty anthologies, and in nearly every significant literary journal in the country. Additional projects include a translation of Aristophanes’ verse play Wasps for the University of Pennsylvania Press, and the video/poetry collaboration 14 Views of Miami. He is also on the faculty of the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute.