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Women’s Poetry Initiative at St. Francis continues new tradition of visiting authors

October 2, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Poet Evie Shockley will read at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights on Oct. 9.

Poet Evie Shockley to Read on Oct. 9

The St. Francis College Women’s Poetry Initiative will welcome author Evie Shockley (“the new black,” “a half-red sea”) on Oct. 9 in the College’s Founders Hall.

In addition to her two poetry collections, Shockley’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is currently creative editor on the Feminist Studies editorial collective and an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ.

Shockley is the latest poet to visit St. Francis through the Women’s Poetry Initiatve, joining Daisy Fried, Grace Schulman and Kathryn Stripling Byer in helping to showcase regional and world poetry each semester.

Evie Shockley’s book of poetry— “the new black” (Wesleyan) is the winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry. Shockley also wrote “a half-red sea” (Carolina Wren Press)—and a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (Iowa).  Her work appears widely in journals and anthologies, including The Account, The Black Scholar, BOMBlog and Tin House. 

The Oct. 9 event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4:30 p.m. St. Francis College is located at 180 Remsen St. in Brooklyn Heights.  


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