Brenda Shaughnessy

Denise Applewhite

Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up in Southern California. She is the author of 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). Shaughnessy’s poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Harper’s, The Nation, The Rumpus, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. She is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and daughter.

Awards and Honors

Bunting Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellowship

James Laughlin Award, Academy of American Poets

Nominee, PEN/Osterweil Award

Lambda Literary Award

Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award

Norma Farber First Book Award, Poetry Society of America