Brenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaughnessy

Fellow: Awarded 2013

Field of Study: Poetry

Competition: US & Canada

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon Press, 2012.)  Her other books are Human Dark with Sugar, which was a finalist for the 2008 NBCC Award and winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Interior with Sudden Joy, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.  Many of the poems in these books were written at the MacDowell Colony and at Yaddo.  Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere. Shaughnessy was the recipient of a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, an NEA/ Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Fellowship, and a 2010–2011 Howard Foundation Fellowship from Brown University. She has taught at CUNY/Lehman College, New York University, and Princeton University. She is currently Assistant Professor of English and in the M.F.A. Program at Rutgers University at Newark.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, son, and daughter.