Evie Shockley

Evie Shockley is the author of two books of poetry — the new black (Wesleyan, 2011), winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; and a half-red 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, recently or soon including The Account, The Black Scholar, Boston Review, FENCE, Jacket2, Waxwing, and The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Poetry. Her work has been honored and supported with 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, New Jersey.