McCombs, the Director of the Creative Writing Program, attended Harvard University, the University of Virginia, and Stanford University. He is also the recipient of fellowships from the Ruth Lilly Poetry Foundation, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book, Ultima Thule, was named one of five finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
McCombs’ work appears in The Best American Poetry 1996 and 2008, The Missouri Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, and many other magazines and journals.
McCombs grew up in Hart County, Kentucky. From 1991-2001, he worked as a Park Ranger at Mammoth Cave National Park. He is married to the poet, Carolyn Guinzio; they have two children.
Poetry Writing, Romantic Poetry, Keats, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Les Murray
M.F.A., University of Virginia
- Dismal Rock, Tupelo Press 2007
- Ultima Thule (2000), works published in The Best American Poetry 1996,
- The Missouri Review, Hayden's Ferry Review,as well as many other journals and magazines.
- Dorset Prize
- Winner of the 1999 Yale Series of Younger Poets,
- Ruth Lilly Poetry Foundation Fellowship,
- Kentucky Arts Council Fellowship,
- National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.