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Shann Ray

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Billings, Montana, The United States



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SHANN RAY is the winner of the Subterrain Poetry Prize and the Pacific Northwest Inlander Short Story Award. His work has appeared in Montana Quarterly, Northwest Review, McSweeney's, Narrative, StoryQuarterly, Poetry International and other venues.

He grew up in Montana, spent part of his childhood on the Northern Cheyenne reservation, and has lived in L.A., Alaska, Germany and Canada. His poetry was an open competition winner in the Best New Poets series. His debut collection of short stories, AMERICAN MASCULINE, won the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bakeless Prize and appears with Graywolf Press.

"Shann Ray's prose brings to mind Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx but is, thankfully, entirely his own. His wo

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Average rating: 3.85 · 345 ratings · 74 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
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American Masculine

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In her wonderful breakout short story collection You Know When the Men Are Gone, Siobhan Fallon writes with the kind of quiet power that gives witness to our humanity. She let's us look deeply into the human soul, our own soul and the soul of others, ...more
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Pure deep look at the might and power of the West and its people!
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