Sample Essays

Shara McCallum has written personal essays and essays on poets and poetics for the past twenty years, which have appeared in magazines such as Creative Nonfiction and Witness. “Through a Glass, Darkly” is a collection of personal essays in progress that explores race, migration, memory, and loss. The collection’s titular essay appeared in The Southern Review and received the journal’s Oran Robert Perry Burke Award for Nonfiction for an “exceptional essay published in the previous calendar year.” With gratitude to the editors, the essay is included here, along with a sample of others available online.

“Through a Glass, Darkly” in The Southern Review, Autumn 2020. The essay received the Oran Robert Perry Burke Award for Nonfiction. A conversation about the essay was featured in A Writer’s Insight.

“Not Sound But the Memory of Sound” in Fourth Genre, March 2020.

“Silence and the Poems of Lucille Clifton” in Mentor & Muse, February 14, 2020.

“Of Prophecy and Dream” in Stars Shall Bend Their Voices: Poets’ Favorite Hymns & Spiritual Songs, Orison Books, 2018.

“On John Keats’ ‘Ode to a Nightingale’” on the Poetry Society of America, “Old School” feature, June 9, 2014.

“Naming the Birds” in the Crab Orchard Review, Winter/Spring 2004.