Brenda Shaughnessy

Our Andromeda

Our Andromeda earned poet and MFA in Creative Writing Professor Brenda Shaughnessy a coveted position as a finalist for one of poetry’s most prestigious awards, the Griffin Poetry Prize, in June 2013.  She received a prize of $10,000.   Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), her third book of poems, was chosen from more than 500 books.

Our Andromeda was chosen by Cosmopolitan Magazine as the best book of poetry "for women, by women."

Our Andromeda  “moves me line by line and poem by poem so that by the book’s final, monumental title poem, I am top-of-the-head-blown-off undone,” says Victoria Redel in the Feb. 3 2012 New York Times. The New Yorker calls the book a "heady, infectious celebration," while the Harvard Review says, "Shaughnessy's voice is smart, sexy, self-aware, hip...consistently wry, and ever savvy.”

Our Andromeda  follows two other acclaimed books, 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 Best American Poetry, Bomb, Boston Review, Conjunctions, McSweeneys, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Yale Review. Shaughnessy was a poetry editor at Tin House magazine and has also taught creative writing at Princeton, NYU, and The New School.

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

Watch Brenda's November 2014 interview on NJTV's State of the Arts program.

The New York Times, Feb. 3, 2013

The New Yorker, Oct. 8, 2012