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Feminist Poetry with Brenda Shaughnessy

April 25, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm  |  Unnamed Venue


Brenda ShaughnessyReception: 5:00-6:00 PM • Humanities Building 1, Room 210
Reading: 6:00-7:30 PM • Humanities Lecture Hall

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, and elsewhere. She is Poetry Editor-At-Large at Tin House Magazine, and is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers-Newark. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and daughter.

The series of events is organized and sponsored by the UC Presidential Chair in Feminist Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and the Feminist Studies Department. Cosponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Living Writers Reading Series.

Staff support provided by the Institute for Humanities Research. For further information, including disabled access, please contact Shann Ritchie,, (831) 459-5655. Maps:


April 25, 2013
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Humanities and Social Sciences Facility
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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