Literary Arts

Evie Shockley

Holloway Reading Series/Berkeley

Poet Evie Shockley earned a BA at Northwestern University, a JD at the University of Michigan, and a PhD in English literature at 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).

This is what SF/Arts curator Evan Karp had to say about Evie Shockley :

A finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her fifth collection, “semiautomatic,” which the committee called “a brilliant leap of faith into the echoing abyss of language, part rap, part rant, part slam, part performance art, that leaves the reader unsettled, challenged—and bettered,” Evie Shockley reads for the Holloway Series, a chance to hear a full set by a poet at the height of her powers.

Event Info
Oct 02
Tue at 6:30 pm
Wheeler Hall/UCB
Bancroft Way at Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley
Info: 510/642-6000
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