Shann Ray Ferch #22
A legitimate member of the wreck-league, Shann Ray, 6’1”, who in some bygone era played for Montana State, Pepperdine, and professionally overseas, has hands that look more like the club-fists of a giant lobster. Please ask him to show you. You will likely gag at the grotesquerie of his fingers, jammed and dislocated, and looking awful. Ray, who spent part of his childhood on the Northern Cheyenne reservation and is part of the Ferch family basketball dynasty, writes in honor of his mother, Saundra Rae. Now, all basketball is for fun for him, and sometimes he trips himself and looks like a fool. Other times, a flash of the old days is seen like a small light in a bottomless cave. A writer of poetry and prose, his debut story collection, American Masculine,
was selected for the Bakeless Prize and published by Graywolf Press. He is the winner of the Subterrain Poetry Prize, the Crab Creek Review
Fiction Award, and the Ruminate Short Story Prize. His work has appeared in some of the nation’s leading literary venues, including McSweeney‘s, Narrative, StoryQuarterly, Five Chapters
and Poetry International.
He is also the author of Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity
and has served as a research psychologist for the Centers for Disease Control and as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He now lives with his wife and three daughters in Spokane, Washington, where he teaches courses on the nature of forgiveness and how servant-leadership honors personal and collective responsibility.