Brenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaughnessy


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43 Bleeker Street

Newark, NJ 07102


Brenda Shaughnessy is a poet and editor.  Her most recent book, Our Andromeda, was shortlisted for the 2013 International Griffin Poetry Prize and the 2013 PEN?Open Book Award.  Her previous book, Human Dark With Sugar (Copper Canyon, 2008), won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  Her first book, Interior With Sudden Joy (FSG, 1999) was a finalist for the Lambda Award, Norma Farber Award, and the PEN/Joyce C. Osterweil Award.  She is the poetry editor of Tin House Magazine, has been a Radcliffe Institute Fellow and a Japan-US Friendship Commission fellow.  She has taught at Princeton, NYU, and the New School and joined the faculty of the Rutgers Newark English Department/MFA Program in Fall, 2011.



Buzzfeed has called So Much Synth one of the best books of poetry of 2016:


The New York Times has done the same:




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