Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon Press)—one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2013 and a finalist for the International Griffin Prize. Her other books are Human Dark with Sugar, winner of the James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American Poets, and Interior with Sudden Joy, a finalist for a Lambda Award. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review and elsewhere. Her criticism and short essays have been published in The New York Times Book Review,, Publishers Weekly, Poets and Writers, and elsewhere.  She is a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and Assistant Professor of English in the M.F.A. Program at Rutgers University at Newark.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and children.