Brenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Ann Shaughnessy

born 1970 in Okinawa

raised in Southern California

B.A. in literature and women's studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz

M.F.A. at Columbia University's Writing Division

Interior with Sudden Joy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, June 1999) nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and finalist for the PEN/Joyce C. Osterweil Award and the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award

selected in 1999 by the Village Voice as one of the "Writers on the Verge"

received an Emerging Artist's award from The Greenwall Foundation and NYU's International Center for Advanced Studies

recipient of a Creative Artist's Fellowship from the Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission for 2001-02

has appeared in The Paris Review, Yale Review, Boston Review, Chelsea, Conjunctions, Best American Poetry 2000, among others

teaches at the City University of New York's Lehman College

working to discover her roots as an Okinawan-American, dividing her time between major urban centers and the Okinawan islands, has researched the history and religion of Okinawa, exploring the differences of the cultures and attempting to nurture a subjective awareness of her personal background in order to better inform her poetry

Brenda Shaughnessy - info and links

Brenda Shaughnessy article about Sapphire at Village Voice Literary Supplement

Brenda Shaughnessy at Academy of American Poets

Brenda Shaughnessy at Boston Review

Brenda Shaughnessy at Exquisite Corpse

Brenda Shaughnessy at Village Voice Literary Supplement

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