Shockley has published four books of poetry: <em>the new black</em> (Wesleyan University Press, 2011), winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; <em>31 words * prose poems</em> (Belladonna Books, 2007); a half-red sea (Carolina Wren Press, 2006), and<em> The Gorgon Goddess </em>(Carolina Wren Press, 2001). She is the author of the critical book <em>Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry </em>(University of Iowa Press, 2011). A Cave Canem graduate fellow, Shockley received the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize. She teaches African American literature and creative writing at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in New Jersey.
Funding provided by the Jackson Poetry Endowment.