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Visiting Writers' Series LibGuide: Brenda Shaughnessy

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"Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan, but grew up primarily in Southern California. A writer, poet, editor, and educator, she earned her undergraduate degree in literature and women's studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, then went on to complete her education with a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University in New York. She has worked as a lecturer in creative writing for Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts in New Jersey, and has also taught at Rutgers University. In addition, she has served as the poetry editor for both Tin House magazine and Tin House Books.


Over the course of her writing career, Shaughnessy has won a number of awards and fellowships. She was named Village Voice Writer on the Verge in 1999, and has been awarded a Bunting Fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, an Artist Fellowship from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, and an Isabella Gardner Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. She was also granted fellowships from both the Greenwall Foundation and Yaddo. She is a regular contributor of poetry to a number of publications, including Bomb, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney's, New Yorker, Paris Review, and Yale Review. 


Her first collection of poetry, Interior with Sudden Joy, was nominated for several prestigious awards, including the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, a Lambda Literary Award, and the Norma Farber First Book Award. She is also the author of Human Dark with Sugar and Our Andromeda."

Source: "Brenda Shaughnessy." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2014. Biography in Context. Web. 25 May 2016

Campus Visit

Brenda Shaughnessy, author of Our Andromeda, will be at the Schrott Center for the Arts on November 1, 2016, at 7:30pm.


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