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Evie Shockley

Evie Shockley is author of the poetry collections the new black and semiautomatic, a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She is the Zora Neale Hurston Distinguished Professor of English at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.


Our new issue asks: How do people who are not alike forge productive alliances?

Adam McGee, Ed Pavlić, Evie Shockley
haiti? must every place-name on earth
be a shorthand for violence
on a map of grief?   
Evie Shockley
Evie Shockley

Critics of Rita Dove’s Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry have called it “populist,” “breezy,” and “folksy.” What's so bad about that?

Evie Shockley

Forum Responses

We must not reduce the complex field of poetics to a simple dichotomy.
Evie Shockley

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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Our new issue asks what a just state would look like and how to get there.

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