Award-winning poet opens 2014-15 Writers Read series at EMU

shockley-evieEvie Shockley, an award-winning poet who embraces both free-verse and traditional styles of writing, will open up the 2014-15 Writers Read series on Wednesday, September 24, at 8 p.m. in Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Auditorium.

“Shockley brings excitement as she goes beyond reading to performing her work,” said Michael Medley, chair of language and literature at EMU. “The racial identity and justice themes in some of her poems will resonate with the justice concerns of many at EMU.”

Shockley has published four collections of poetry: The Gorgon Goddess and a half-red sea were published by Carolina Wren Press in 2001 and 2006 and 31 words * prose poems in 2007 (Belladonna Books). Her most recent collection the new black (Wesleyan University Press, 2011) received the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry.

Two of Shockley’s 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.

Shockley is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University in New Jersey, specializing in African American and African diaspora literature, especially poetry. She has authored a scholarly study of black aesthetics entitled Renegade Poetics.

Shockley will also be a part of James Madison University’s Furious Flower Poetry Festival, Sept. 24-27. Visit FuriousFlower2014.com, or call 540-568-8883 for more information.

 

Writers Read information

Sign-language interpretation is available upon request.

  • General public, $5 at the door
  • EMU students (with identification), free

 

Article by: Mike Zucconi
Photo courtesy of: Evie Shockley

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