Evie Shockley

Associate Professor of English

Rutgers University

Evie Shockley is an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University.  She received her BA from Northwestern University, then after studying Law at the University of Michigan, she earned her PhD in English from Duke University. The author of several collections of poetry, including a half-red sea (2006) and the new black (2011), Shockley is also the author of the critical volume Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011). Her poetry and essays have been featured in several anthologies, including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009), Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook (2010), A Broken Thing: Contemporary Poets on the Line (2011), and Contemporary African American Literature: The Living Canon (2013). 

Shockley’s honors include the Holmes National Poetry Prize and fellowships from Cave Canem, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. She was a Co-editor of the journal jubilat from 2004 to 2007, and in April 2013 she was a featured writer for Harriet.