Evie Shockley is an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ. She is the author of Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (Iowa), as well as two books of poetry: the new black (Wesleyan), winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, and a half-red sea (Carolina Wren Press). Her poems and essays appear widely in journals and anthologies, with recent and forthcoming publications in Boston Review, Contemporary Literature, Feminist Formations, FENCE, Jacket2, The Black Scholar, Waxwing, Dave the Potter, and The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Poetry. Her work has been honored and supported with the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize, fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and residencies at Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Currently serving as creative editor on the Feminist Studies editorial collective, Shockley is also at work on a book analyzing the text of “blackness” in a “colorblind” era.