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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Psu_nhinged: give all the flowers/awards to evie shockley!!!
Ilya_poet: new jersey friends: so many amazing poetry related things happen this weekend. today, the one and only claudia rankine spoke to paul muldoon about her work and teaching and tomorrow the brilliant evie shockley will be in conversation about toni morrison:
Caappoetics: the close reading the emergency! black study series ends tonight. if you missed last night's event with marwa helal & quenton baker, don't make the same mistake twice, and rsvp now for tonight's conversation between evie shockley and damon young. rsvp:
Commofwriters: only 7 days to apply to our poetry workshop! deadline: march 28. staff poets are kazim ali, victoria chang, forrest gander, carmen giménez, brenda hillman, evie shockley, w/ special guests robert hass & sharon olds. financial aid & scholarships available.
Kjavadizadeh: new episode dropping tomorrow morning—meanwhile catch up on our back catalogue, beginning with the brilliant evie shockley on ed roberson.
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