Shane Seely is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches composition and creative writing and acts as Assistant Director of the university's freshman writing program. A native of northern Pennsylvania, he was educated in Pennsylvania, Kansas, and New York. He earned an MFA in creative writing at Syracuse University. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and their dog.
His poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Arts & Letters, Notre Dame Review, Bellingham Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals, and on the Poetry Daily website. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for inclusion in Best Young Poets 2008.
Seely won the Levine Prize for The Snowbound House in 2009.