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An Inspired Poet and Teacher

Poet and English professor Brenda Shaughnessy is a highly honored poet who shares her art and talents with students of the RU-N MFA in Creative Writing Program. She also has taught creative writing at Princeton University, New York University, and The New School.

In 2013 Shaughnessy was named a finalist for one of poetry’s most prestigious awards, the international Griffin Poetry Prize, receiving an award of $10,000, for her third book of poetry, Our Andromeda. Her book was chosen from more than 500 as one of seven finalists. The Griffin Poetry Prize is the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in, or translated into English, from any country in the world. It is funded by the Griffin Trust for Excellence In Poetry “to spark the public’s imagination and raise awareness of the crucial role poetry plays in our cultural life,” according to the Trust’s website.

She also was awarded a 2013 Guggenheim award.

Our Andromeda follows two other acclaimed books, Human Dark with Sugar, winner of the James Laughlin Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy.  Shaughnessy's poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Bomb, Boston Review, Conjunctions, McSweeneys, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Yale Review.

Shaugnessy was selected to participate in the 2014 Geraldine R. Doge Poetry Festival, where she both read from her poetry and participated on panels examining topics such as the writing life and poetry forms

Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan, and grew up in Southern California.

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MFA Program Leads the Way at 2014 Dodge Poetry Festival

Professor Brenda Shaughnessy A Finalist for the Prestigious 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize

MFA Program Leads the Way at 2014 Dodge Poetry Festival