Who is Evie Shockley

Evie Shockley is an American poet. Shockley received the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry for her book the new black and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2018.

Early life and education

Shockley is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. Shockley received a BA from Northwestern University, studied law at the University of Michigan from whence she received her JD, and received a PhD in English from Duke University.


Shockley teaches at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in New Jersey.Her work toured South Africa in 2007 as part of Biko 30/30, an exhibit dedicated to activist Steve Biko.She published the book Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poet...
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Evie Shockley Poems

  • On New Year's Eve
    we make midnight a maquette of the year:
    frostlight glinting off snow to solemnize
    the vows we offer to ourselves in near
    silence: the competition shimmerwise ...
  • Disciple
    My father: younger, handsome, downright square,
    eyes like brown buttons fastening his face
    over his soul, mouth not too straight to swear,
    to say, man, sonny stitt's ass trashed the place, ...
  • Where You Are Planted
    He's as high as a georgia pine, my father'd say, half laughing. southern trees
    as measure, metaphor. highways lined with kudzu-covered southern trees.

    fuchsia, lavender, white, light pink, purple : crape myrtle bouquets burst ...
  • Waiting On The Mayflower
    i. august 1619

    arrived in a boat, named
    and unnamed, twenty, pirated ...
  • The Anklet
    my sister's visit
    to india begins
    it. i asked for a sari,
    but received ...
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Uofsclibraries: join us for this year’s festival with author tiya miles, poet evie shockley, poet and author dianne johnson-feelings, whose children's fiction appears under the pen name dinah johnson, and artist april w. harrison. free. register ->
Craigsperez: in my "poet-scholar" grad course, we have so far studied the poetry & scholarship of kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui, robert sullivan, jonathan skinner, and evie shockley. the students are also workshopping poems and will eventually write their own essay on poetics.
Prairie_lights: join us on zoom at 7pmct tonight sept 21 with ama codjoe, evie shockley, and donika kelly!!
Uofsclibraries: that slight chill in the air means uofsc’s fall literary festival begins soon! this year we’re hosting authors tiya miles, evie shockley and dianne johnson-feelings, and artist april w. harrison. free, but registration is required:
Poetsorg: our mood sought in the shadows of blame more than cause —evie shockley
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Some Wretched creature, savior take
Who would exult to die
And leave for thy sweet mercy's sake
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