Jersey City Reads Poems: Brenda Shaughnessy, Evie Shockley, Walter Ancarrow, & Devyn Lorelei Mañibo

Jersey City Reads Poems is a poetry reading series celebrating local poets and beyond; hosted by poet Sara Munjack.

Doors and cash bar open at 7:00pm

Reading begins: 7:30pm

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry books, including The Octopus Museum, a New York Times Notable Book. Her forthcoming books are Liquid Flesh: New and Selected (Fall 2022, Bloodaxe) and Tanya (2023, Knopf) 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.

Evie Shockley is the Zora Neale Hurston Distinguished Professor of English at Rutgers University. Her most recent poetry collections, the new black (Wesleyan, 2011) and semiautomatic (Wesleyan, 2017), both won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; the latter was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the LA Times Book Prize. She has received the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Stephen Henderson Award, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Cave Canem, among others.

Walter Ancarrow lives in Jersey City and sometimes Alexandria, Egypt. He studied linguistics at NYU and poetry at Rutgers-Newark. He is runner-up in the 2021 92Y Discovery Contest and winner of the 2021 Omnidawn Open for his first book, Etymologies, which will be published in April 2023.

Devyn Lorelei Mañibo is a Jersey-bred, Brooklyn-based maker, feeder, and arts worker. She has has had poetry, book art, and multimedia installation work presented and published internationally in festivals, museums, and journals including the MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, the National Queer Arts Festival, the Queens Museum, Sixty Inches from Center, TAYO Literary Magazine, Bitch Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Chicago Reader. She is the co-editor of already felt: poems in revolt & bounty released in 2021, and she is the face behind the newsletter at Asian American Writers' Workshop. She is currently working on a long-term project centered on the poetics of radical hospitality titled good luck.

Sara Munjack holds an MFA from Rutgers-Newark and works at Four Way Books. She has poems published in Cosmonauts Avenue, Pigeon Pages, BOAAT, Gandy Dancer, ISO Magazine, tele-art mag, Grist Journal, and The Common. You can find her at

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