Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan, and grew up in Southern California. She is the author of SO MUCH SYNTH (Copper Canyon Press, 2016) OUR ANDROMEDA (Copper Canyon Press, 2012) which was a New York Times Book Review "100 Notable Books of 2013."; HUMAN DARK WITH SUGAR (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Interior with Sudden Joy (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999). Shaughnessy's poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harper's, The Nation, The Rumpus, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and daughter.