Poetry Reading: Evie Shockley
Poetry at Bennington—Spring 2018
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Evie Shockley is the author of several books, including semiautomatic (Wesleyan University Press, 2017) and the new black (Wesleyan University Press, 2011), which received the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry. A Cave Canem fellow, Shockley received the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. Two of her poems were displayed in the Biko 30/30 exhibit, a commemoration of the life and work of anti-apartheid activist Steven Biko, which toured South Africa in 2007. Shockley received her BA from Northwestern University. After studying Law at the University of Michigan, she earned her PhD in English from Duke University. Shockley was coeditor of the poetry journal jubilat from 2004 to 2007 and teaches African American Literature and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in New Jersey.