Evie Shockley

Evie Schockley is an American poet and author of the poetry collections a half-red seathe new black and semiautomatic, a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. She is Professor of English at Rutgers University.

  • Ancestors


    Ed Pavlić and Evie Shockley

    Noted novelists, poets, and essayists, including Samuel R. Delany, Min Jin Lee, Joy Harjo, and Zadie Smith, consider how we are shaped by the past.

    It is rare now for people to stay where they were raised, and when we encounter one another—whether in person or online—it is usually in contexts that obscure if not outright hide details about our past. But even in moments of pure self-invention, we are always shaped by the past. In Ancestors, some of today's most imaginative writers—including science fiction master Samuel R. Delany, U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, and novelist Zadie Smith—consider what it means to be made and fashioned by others.

    Are we shaped by grandparents, family, the deep past, political forebears, inherited social and economic circumstances? Can we choose our family, or is blood always thicker? And looking forward, what will it mean to be ancestors ourselves, and how will our descendants remember us?

    Contributors include

    Samuel R. Delany, Tananarive Due, Andrea Lawlor, Min Jin Lee, Joy Harjo, Jericho Brown, Brian Teare, Teju Cole, Domenica Ruta, Zadie Smith, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Daisy Hernández, Rita Indiana, Ibi Zoboi, Edwidge Danticat

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  • Allies


    Ed Pavlić, Evie Shockley, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Ladan Osman, Samuel Delany, Tananarive Due, Catherine Taylor, Jane Miller, Emilia Nielsen, Ru Puro, Sarah Vap, Rachel Levitsky, Tess Liem, Walter Johnson, Tef Poe, Robin D. G. Kelley, Vijay Iyer, Micki McEyla, Abdullah Taïa, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Mark Nowak, and Roderick Ferguson

    Original poetry, fiction, and cultural criticism explore issues of trust, bridge-building, difference, and betrayal, both political and private.

    How do we know who is on our side? Is it possible for someone who is not like us to share our hopes? Can links forged by empathy or mutual interest match those created by shared experience? What can we gain from alliances that we cannot achieve on our own?

    These are difficult question to answer even in intimate settings, and more so in arenas of cultural and political struggle. Through original poetry, fiction, and cultural criticism from both established writers and newcomers, Allies offers unique insights into issues of trust, bridge-building, difference, and betrayal. Drawing on the prophetic power of the imagination to conjure both the possible dangers and life-giving possibilities of alliances—be they political, private (such as marriage), therapeutic, or even aesthetic (between readers and writers, for example)—Allies will be essential reading for our times.

    Allies is the first publication of Boston Review's newly inaugurated Arts in Society department. A radical revisioning of the magazine's poetry and fiction, the department unites them—along with cultural criticism and belles lettres—into a project that explores how the arts can speak directly to the most pressing political and civic concerns of our age, from growing inequality to racial and gender regimes, a disempowered electorate, and a collapsing natural world.


    Samuel Delay, Tananarive Due, Catherine Taylor


    Jane Miller, Ru Puro, Emilia Nielsen, Sarah Vap, Rachel Levitsky, Tess Liem


    Walter Johnson and Tef Poe, Robin D. G. Kelley and Vijay Iyer 


    Roderick Ferguson, Micki McEyla, Mark Nowak, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Abdullah Taïa

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