Discipline: Literature – poetry

Brenda Shaughnessy

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Verona, NJ
MacDowell Fellowships: 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2017, 2020

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, including The Octopus Museum (2019, Knopf); So Much Synth (2016, Copper Canyon Press); Our Andromeda (2012), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, The International Griffin Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, The New York Times, The New Yorker, O Magazine, Paris Review, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. Recent collaborative projects include writing a libretto for a Mass commissioned by Trinity Church Wall Street for composer Paola Prestini, and a poem-essay for the exhibition catalog for Toba Khedoori’s solo retrospective show at LACMA. A 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, she is associate professor of English and creative writing at Rutgers University-Newark. Brenda joined us for our first Virtual MacDowell as well as a subsequent residency in 2020.

Made at MacDowell

Fellow Works Supported by MacDowell

Tanya (poetry collection)



Brenda Shaughnessy worked in the Barnard studio.

Originally built near MacDowell's Union Street entrance, the Barnard Studio — which was funded by Barnard College music students — was re-located to its current site in 1910. When the small structure was moved, its size was doubled with the addition of a second room. This remodeling, financed by Mrs. Thomas E. Emery of Cincinnati…

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