Nationally known poet, Thomas McGrath grew up in Sheldon, North Dakota. He studied at the University of North Dakota, worked for a time in New York, and earned his Masters degree in English from the University of Louisiana. In 1939, he won the Rhodes Scholarship. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army. After the war, he continued his education in England for one year. While McGrath was teaching in Los Angeles in the 1950s, he was called before the House of Un-American Activities Committee. McGrath refused to answer questions and was therefore blacklisted from popular film or television employment. He was able to find work writing for documentary films. Thomas McGrath had taught at colleges in Maine, California, and New York before coming to North Dakota State University in 1962 and Moorhead State University in 1969. In 1966, he was awarded the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967. He and his wife Eugenia founded the poetry magazine, Crazy Horse. McGrath was involved in writing a couple of dozen movies, which included drams, training and industrial films, and the narrations for Omnimax Theatre presentations such as Genesis, To Fly, and Living Panel. McGrath's books include Clouds, The Beautiful Things, Passages Toward Dark, A Sound of One Hand, Voices from Beyond the Wall, First Manifesto, To Walk a Crooked Mile; Longshot-O'Leary's Garland of Practical Poesie, and A Witness to the Times.
This collection consists of correspondence, poems, scripts, and interviews with McGrath.