Wesley McNair has won grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, and two NEA grants in creative writing. His many literary awards include the Theodore Roethke Prize and an Emmy Award as scriptwriter for a PBS series on Robert Frost. He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress and served five times on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Recently selected for a United States Artists Fellowship, he was the recipient of the 2015 PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence, given for his collection The Lost Child. McNair founded and directed the BFA in writing program at the University of Maine at Farmington and is now Emeritus Professor and Writer-in-Residence at UMF. He has been a visiting professor in creative writing at Dartmouth and Colby Colleges.