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Evie Shockley

Evie Shockley is the author of semiautomatic (2017; finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and The Believer Poetry Award) and the new black (2011; winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award), among other collections of poetry. She has also published a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011). She is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

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

Adam McGee Evie Shockley Ed Pavlić
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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

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

Evie Shockley