Rutgers English Department News

Evie Shockley photo by Nancy Crampton

The Rutgers English Department is delighted to report that Evie Shockley has been honored yet again, this time with the 2018 prestigious Hurston/Wright award for her collection semiautomatic. 

Evie, you may recall, was a finalist this year for the Pulitzer Prize. According to the judges for the Hurston/Wright award, Shockley “manages to make sense of the news reports, of the chatter online, of the debates in hair salons and in barber shops, and of the wailing in the streets. . . .Despite the ugliness of the violence around us, she has written a collection of poems that both chronicles it and decries it, all while offering us the beauty of her lines.” 

Here's the full story from the Washington Post.