September 04, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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Poet Evie ShockleyEvie Shockley will give a reading of her poetry Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Stadler Center for Poetry, Bucknell Hall. The reading will be followed by a book signing. Both events are free and open to the public.

Shockley is the author of two books of poetry — the new black (Wesleyan), winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, and 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, Boston Review, Contemporary Literature, Feminist Formations, FENCE, Jacket2, Tin House, Waxwing, and The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Poetry.

An Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, Shockley is serving as creative editor on the Feminist Studies editorial collective.

A Cave Canem graduate fellow, Shockley received the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize. Her work has been supported with fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and residencies at Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

Two of her poems were displayed in the Biko 30/30 exhibit, a commemoration of the life and work of anti-apartheid activist Steven Biko, which toured South Africa in 2007.

Born and raised in Nashville, Tenn., she graduated from Northwestern University, studied law at the University of Michigan and earned a doctorate in English from Duke University.

For more information on the series and programs of the Stadler Center for Poetry, visit, email or call 570-577-1853.