American Copper

by Shann Ray

Shann Ray

Poet and prose writer Shann Ray teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga University. Born and raised in Montana, Ray holds a dual MFA in poetry and fiction from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University, a Masters in clinical psychology from Pepperdine, and a PhD in systems psychology from the University of Alberta. He has served as an NEA Literature Fellow, a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Fellow, and a panelist for the NEH. He is also the author of the short story collection, American Masculine.

Ray’s debut novel, American Copper, is a love song to America revealing the radiant and profound life of Evelynne Lowry, a woman who transcends the national myth of regeneration through violence. American Copper won the Foreword Book of the Year Readers’ Choice Award and the Western Writers of America Spur Award.

While the settings in American Copper clearly reference actual locales, it is understood that the book—including its places—is ultimately the product of the author's imagination. The intent of this literary map is to enrich the reading experience by interpreting those places, not to render them literally or definitively.