Born and raised in Nashville, Evie Shockley received a B.A. from Northwestern University, a J.D. from the University of Michigan, and, after working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, her Ph.D. in English from Duke University. Winner of the 2019 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, Evie is the author of three books of poetry: semiautomatic (Wesleyan, 2017), which won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the LA Times Book Prize; the new black (Wesleyan, 2011), winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; and a half-red sea (Carolina Wren Press, 2005). She is a Professor of English at Rutgers University and the author of a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (Iowa, 2011).
Evie Shockley’s appearance is made possible by support from University of Kentucky Libraries.