Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five critically-acclaimed volumes of poetry: The Octopus Museum (Knopf, 2019), So Much Synth (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), Human Dark with Sugar (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy (FSG, 1999). In describing her poems, the Poetry Foundation notes, “Her work is known for its ability to twin opposites: her poems are both playful and erotic, lyrical and funny, formal and strange.”
In the New Yorker, Hilton Als said of Our Andromeda: “it further establishes Shaughnessy’s particular genius, which is utterly poetic, but essayistic in scope, encompassing ideas about astronomy, illness, bodies, the family, ‘normalcy,’ home.” Shaughnessy’s poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harper's, The Nation, The Rumpus, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review.
She has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute, where she was a Bunting Fellow, the Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission, and the Howard Foundation of Brown University. She has taught at Columbia, the New School, Princeton, and New York University.
Born in Okinawa, Japan, she grew up in Southern California. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark, and lives in New Jersey with her husband, poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher, and their son and daughter.
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