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Ithaca College to Host Reading by Poet Evie Shockley

 ITHACA, NY — The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at Ithaca College will host a reading on Wednesday, Oct. 26, by poet Evie Shockley. Free and open to the public, her presentation is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall.

Shockley is the author of four collections of poetry and two chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in journals such as “The Nation,” “Talisman,” “The Southern Review” and “Columbia Poetry Review”; and in the anthologies “Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora,” “Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry” and “Home is Where: An Anthology of African American Poets from the Carolinas.”

An associate professor of English at Rutgers University, Shockley is also a literary scholar and critic. From 2007 to 2011 she coedited the poetry journal “jubilat,” and she currently serves as a contributing editor to the monthly journal of poetics “Evening Will Come.” Her study of the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, “Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry,” will be published later this month by University of Iowa Press.

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the Department of Writing in the School of Humanities and Sciences. For more information contact Catherine Taylor, assistant professor of writing, at 607-274-7031 or