Paul Engle Poetry Reading at Coe features Shaughnessy, Teicher

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-03-03 08:41:48 - General

Award-winning poets Brenda Shaughnessy and Craig Morgan Teicher will read from their new books at Coe College's annual Paul Engle Poetry Reading. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 14, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Perrine Gallery of Stewart Memorial Library. It is free and open to the public, with a question and answer session to follow the reading.

Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan, and grew up in Southern California. She is the author of "So Much Synth" (Copper Canyon Press, 2016); "Our Andromeda" (Copper Canyon Press 2012), which was a finalist for the Griffin International Poetry Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Award; and "Human Dark with Sugar" (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. In addition, Shaughnessy wrote "Interior with Sudden Joy" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999), which was nominated for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, a Lambda Literary Award, and the Norma Farber First Book Award.

Shaughnessy earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California - Santa Cruz, and an MFA from Columbia University. She is currently an associate professor of English at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.

Teicher is the author of "The Trembling Answers" (BOA Editions, 2017), "To Keep Love Blurry" (BOA Editions, 2012) and "Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems" (Center for Literary Publishing, 2008), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry. His is also the author of "Cradle Book" (BOA Editions, 2010), a collection of stories and fables.

Teicher is a literary critic, and his essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. He currently serves as the director of digital operations at "Publishers Weekly" and as a poetry editor of "The Literary Review." Teicher earned an MFA from Columbia University in 2005.

Sponsored by the Coe College English and Creative Writing Department, the annual Paul Engle Poetry Reading honors the late Paul Engle, Cedar Rapids native, Coe College graduate and longtime director of the famed Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. In the spirit of Paul Engle's mentoring of young writers, Coe brings a distinguished poet to campus each year for a reading and an informal meeting with students.

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