McKean, professor emeritus at Mount Mercy who also teaches in the M.F.A. program at Queens University in Charlotte, writes poems and nonfiction. He holds a Ph.D. from The University of Iowa and is a graduate of the prestigious University of Iowa Writers Workshop. McKean retired from Mount Mercy in 2009, having served the institution since 1990.
He has published two books of poems, Headlong and Tree of Heaven. Headlong won a 1987 Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writer Award, and Tree of Heaven won a 1994 Iowa Poetry Award. His latest poetry manuscripts, We Are the Bus, won this year's 2011 X.J. Kennedy poetry prize and will be published in the fall of 2012 by Texas Review Press.
His nonfiction has appeared in magazines and collections such as The Iowa Review, Gettysburg Review, and The Best American Sports Writing 2003, and has received a Pushcart Prize. His latest book is a collection of essays titled Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports.
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