Brenda Shaughnessy Readings and Events

Brenda Shaughnessy Readings and Events

‘The resonance of Shaughnessy’s poems is that of someone speaking out of an ecstasy and into an ecstasy, momentarily pausing to let us in on the fun, the pain.’ – Richard Howard, Boston Review

Spanning twenty years and five collections, Brenda Shaughnessy’s Liquid Flesh: New & Selected Poems introduces new readers to one of America’s most audacious and thrilling poets. Shaughnessy is omnivorous and fearless, even as she stares down her terrors, whether the blaze, fizzle, or explosion of wild love between women, or the unquenchable pain of a son’s birth injury. She celebrates, too, revealing in the pleasures and powers of the body and the transcendence of art.

Brenda Shaughnessy is an Okinawan-Irish American poet who grew up in Southern California. After graduating from University of California, Santa Cruz, she moved to New York City where she received an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and published her first book, Interior with Sudden Joy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Her five full-length collections include The Octopus Museum (Knopf, 2019), a New York Times Notable Book, and Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon, 2012), a finalist for the Griffin International Prize, the PEN/Open Book Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Prize. Her first UK publication, Liquid Flesh: New & Selected Poems, is due from Bloodaxe in 2022. Recipient of a 2018 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, she is Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark.

Brenda recorded eight poems for the Lyrikline website, which can be heard here.




Tuesday 18 October, 7pm

Bloodaxe October online launch reading

Brenda will be launching Liquid Flesh alongside the authors of our other September publications, Ahren Warner and Chen Chen. All three authors will read from their new collections and discuss their work with Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley. 

This is a free online event streamed on YouTube. Places can be booked at Eventbrite here. Further details on the event here.


Tuesday 25 October, 7pm

London Review Bookshop

Brenda Shaughnessy will be reading from Liquid Flesh and in conversation with Amy Key, whose second collection, Isn’t Forever, came out with Bloodaxe in 2018.

Tickets: £10 - more information and ticket booking here.


Wednesday 26 October, 7pm

Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Newcastle University

Brenda will be reading from Liquid Flesh at Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

Free event. More information to follow soon here.


Thursday 27 October, 7.45pm

Southbank Centre, London

Brenda will be reading as part of the Southbank Centre's Out-Spoken series, alongside fellow US poet Maya C Popa and the UK’s own Don Paterson.The event is hosted by TS Eliot prize-winner Joelle Taylor, with Sam 'Junior' Bromfield spinning the best in reggae, soul and R&B throughout the evening.

Tickets: £12, plus booking fee (concessions available). More information and booking here.

[21 September 2022]

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