Poet and prose writer Shann Ray Ferch teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga University. Dr. Ferch is the author of a work of leadership and political theory, Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant Leadership as a Way of Life (Rowman & Littlefield), and co-editor of Servant-Leadership, Feminism, and Gender Well-Being (SUNY Press), Servant-Leadership and Forgiveness (SUNY Press), Global Servant-Leadership (Rowman &Littlefield), Conversations on Servant Leadership (SUNY Press), and The Spirit of Servant Leadership (Paulist Press). In his role as professor of leadership studies with the internationally renowned PhD program in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga, he has served as a visiting scholar in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. His novel, American Copper (Unbridled Press), 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. The novel won the Foreword Book of the Year Readers’ Choice Award and the Western Writers of America Spur Award, and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, the High Plains Book Award and the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Literary Fiction.
A former professional basketball player in the German Bundesliga, his collection of stories American Masculine (Graywolf Press) was named a "3 Books Every Man Should Read" selection by Esquire Magazine, and won the American Book Award, the Bakeless Prize, and two High Plains Book Awards, for Best Story Collection and Best First Book. A finalist with Ted Kooser’s Splitting an Order and Erin Belieu’s Slant Six, his book of poems, Balefire (Lost Horse Press), won the High Plains Book Award for Poetry. He is also the author of atomic theory 7: poems to my wife and God (Resource Publications), a collaboration with painter Trinh Mai, Blood Fire Vapor Smoke (Unsolicited Press), stories on healing in the context of toxic masculinity; Transparent in the Backlight (Great Wide Open Publishing), a collaboration with panoramic photographer Craig Hergert; The Great Divide, an audiobook published by McSweeney's, and a collection of essays called The Souls of Others (Unsolicited Press). His work has appeared in Poetry, Esquire, Narrative, McSweeney's, Prairie Schooner, Diode, and Salon. He has served as a visiting scholar of leadership and forgiveness for a group Fulbright between Gonzaga University and the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and has also served in collaboration with painter Makoto Fujimura as a writer-in-residence for a United Nations Sustainable Development Grant entitled Intercultural Dialogues Through the Use of Beauty as a Language of Peace.
The Souls of Others (Unsolicited Press)
atomic theory 7: poems to my wife and God (Resource Publications), with painter Trinh Mai
Blood Fire Vapor Smoke (Unsolicited Press)
Transparent in the Backlight (Great Wide Open Publishing), with panoramic photographer Craig Hergert
Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant-Leadership as a Way of Life (Rowman & Littlefield)
The Great Divide (McSweeney's Publishing) an audiobook
Servant-Leadership and Forgiveness: How Leaders Help Heal the Heart of the World (SUNY Press), with Song, Tran, and Spears
Servant-Leadership, Feminism, and Gender Well-Being: How Leaders Transcend Global Inequities Through Hope, Unity, and Love (SUNY Press), with Song, Walsh, Reynolds, Tilghman-Havens, and Spears
Conversations on Servant-Leadership: Insights on Human Courage in Life and Work (SUNY Press), with Spears
Global Servant-Leadership: Wisdom, Love, and Legitimate Power in the Age of Chaos (Rowman & Littlefield), with Mathew, Song, and Spears
The Spirit of Servant-Leadership (Paulist Press), with Spears
American Copper (Unbridled Press)
American Masculine (Graywolf Press)
Balefire (Lost Horse Press)
Dr. Ferch's research focus is on forgiveness, atonement, and grace in every day life, individually and collectively, interpersonally as well as between nation states, and how servant-leadership honors responsibility and self-transcendence across the disciplines.