September 27, 2015


BUFFALO, NY – Janet McNally ’02, assistant professor of English and creative writing, has released her first book of poems, Some Girls. The book is inspired by the birth of McNally’s daughter.

Some Girls was selected as winner of the 2014 White Pine Press Poetry contest. Ellen Bass, final contest judge, writes this about the book:

Some Girls is full of strange and lovely images, quirky humor, and an uncanny insight into the classic myths and fairy tales that reveal these stories to be as true and revelatory as ever.  The past and the present, the personal and the universal, are braided with surprising and lush language. The great poet Stanley Kunitz said we have to avoid not only clichés of language but clichés of thought and these poems succeed in that. Janet McNally is a fresh and original voice.”

McNally holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Canisius and an MFA in fiction from the University of Notre Dame. She has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation from the Arts, and her writing has appeared in publications including Boulevard, Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, Mid-America Review, Ecotone, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and New Ohio Review.

Some Girls is published by White Pine Press (2015) and is available at Talking Leaves, Buffalo’s oldest independent bookseller, and at booksellers nationwide. For more information on Some Girls, contact the Department of English at (716) 888- 2650.

Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.