“The questions to ask are the ones that spill from what you’re given — from the action of allowing the raw peel its consequence to unfurl, to be heard. Rangi McNeil understands that particular sense of allowing, those gifts that hide within poetry’s lair, the ones pulled from heresy and heart.” – Poetryproject.org, 2013, Edwin Torres

Rangi McNeil (b. 1974) is a Brooklyn-based poet who was born in Laurinburg, NC. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Smartish Pace, and The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South among other publications. His poetry collections include The Missing, published by The Sheep Meadow Press (2003) and the chapbook, Occasional Poems, published by The Song Cave Press (2015). His awards include The Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship, The Poetry Project, New York, NY (2013). He received his B.A. from Rice University and an M.F.A. from Columbia University School of the Arts.

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