Visiting Writer: Evie Shockley

Evie Shockley is the author of four collections of poetry—including the new black (Wesleyan 2011), winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, and a half­red sea (Carolina Wren Press 2006)—and a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (Iowa 2011). Her poetry and essays appear widely in journals and anthologies, with recent or forthcoming work included in The Best American Poetry, The Best American Experimental Writing, boundary2, The Break Beat Poets, Obsidian, Poetry, Siécle 21, The Volta Book of Poets, and The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Poetry. Her work has been honored and supported with the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award, the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize, fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and residencies at Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Currently serving as creative editor on the Feminist Studies editorial collective, Shockley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ.