Professor Evie Shockley is a Professor of English and a nationally recognized poet. She earned her B.A. in English with a creative writing concentration at Northwestern University; her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School; and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Duke University. Her publications include three books of poetry—semiautomatic (winner of the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), the new black (winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry), and a half-red sea—and the critical study Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. Her scholarship and creative writing have been supported by fellowships and residencies from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Cave Canem Foundation. She is currently working on a book-length narrative poem about an imagined future and on a critical project tentatively titled "Black Graphics: 'Colorblindness' and Contemporary Aesthetics," investigating how art by African-descended people works with the intersection of text and image to make black subjectivity and black experiences visible discursively in a "colorblind" era.