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Brenda Shaughnessy

Former Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of two books of poetry. The most recent, Human Dark with Sugar, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critic’s Circle Award and winner of the 2007 James Laughlin Award.  Her first book, Interior with Sudden Joy, was a finalist for the PSA's Norma Farber First Book Award, the PEN/Joyce C. Osterweil Award and the Lambda Literary Award.  Her third collection is forthcoming (2012) from Copper Canyon Press. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. She was a Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University and recipient of a 2010-11 Howard Fellowship from Brown University.  She is currently Lecturer in Poetry at Princeton University, and Poetry Editor of Tin House Magazine.

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Brenda Shaughnessy reads from her work at Washington University, St. Louis 

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