Thomas McGrath

Thomas McGrath was born on a North Dakota farm in 1916. He attended the University of North Dakota and Louisiana State University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. During World War II he served in the Air Force, and he was blacklisted for his political convictions during the McCarthy era. He worked as a documentary film scriptwriter and was the founder and first editor of the literary magazine Crazyhorse. McGrath received fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Shelley Memorial Award. He died in 1990.

Awards and Honors

Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, 1989

Shelley Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America, 1989

National Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, 1987, 1980, 1974

Bush Foundation Fellowship, 1981

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1967