The Writer’s Block: A Video Q&A with Evie Shockley

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Evie Shockley is the author of a half-red sea (2006) and the new black (2011), among other works. Her writing has been featured in several anthologies of African American and contemporary poetry and criticism. Her work interrogates tradition in both the poetic and political sense. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library, and she currently teaches at Rutgers University.

In June 2016, Shockley visited City of Asylum for Cave Canem’s annual retreat and poetry reading. In this interview with Sampsonia Way, she discussed the social structures she seeks to redefine in her work and the impact of social movements on contemporary poetry.

  1. About The Writer’s Block
  2. The Writer’s Block is an ongoing video series of interviews with visiting writers at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. In these Q&A’s, conducted on Sampsonia Way, writers sit down with us to discuss literature, their craft, and career.
  3. Read the transcript→
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About the Author

Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.

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