Born and raised in Nashville, Evie Shockley received her BA from Northwestern and earned her PhD in English from Duke University.
Her books are: semiautomatic, the new black, 31 words * prose poems, and a half-red sea. A review of her work in Library Journal noted that “Shockley’s work incorporates elements of myth without being patently ‘mythical’ and is personal without being self-indulgent, sentimental without being saccharine.” Her influences include Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, and Harryette Mullen.
A Cave Canem graduate fellow, Shockley received the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize. She was awarded a residency at the Hedgebrook Retreat for Women Writers in 2003. Shockley was coeditor of the poetry journal jubilat from 2004 to 2007 and teaches African American Literature and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in New Jersey.