RANGI MCNEIL was born and raised in rural North Carolina. He received a B.A. in History from Rice University in 1998. He is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He has lived in Houston, Prague, and Budapest, and has worked for the United Farm Workers of America and the Hungarian Parliament.

“In Rangi McNeil’s poems the person is first, with a rightness that catches my breath. What surprise, what derision, what intense and ungratifiable desire—each poem is well minded, finished off, only a gasp away. Country occasions, urban jump cuts, a speaker alert and unfazed in his angelic recording: solo and social, he lives in our town.”—Marie Ponsot