April 25, 2013 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Humanities Lecture Hall, UC Santa Cruz
Brenda Shaughnessy is a prize-winning poet and UCSC alumni (Women’s Studies, Literature, 1993) whose latest book of poetry, Our Andromeda received a rave review in the New York TImes Book Review (February 3, 2013). Reviewer Victoria Redel wrote, “This book addresses urgent questions [with] no shortage of invention . . . Shaughnessy conjures our better selves, lovers, kinder gods, sisters . . . Love is the fierce engine of this beautiful and necessary book. Love is the high stakes, the whip of its power and grief and possibility for repair . . . The result is a book whose song will endure.” We are thrilled to bring Brenda back to UCSC for a reading that is sure to enrich our lives and our world. Now an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers, University, Newark, this public reading inaugurates a series of events that will feature Brenda during UCSC’s Alumni Weekend. Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of the poetry collections, Our Andromeda (2012), Human Dark with Sugar (2008), which was a finalist for the 2008 NBCC Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy (1999). Her poems have appeared in Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Slate.com and elsewhere. She is Poetry Editor-At-Large at Tin House Magazine, and is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers-Newark.