Vivian Shipley

Southern Connecticut State University 501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515

Author's Bio

Vivian Shipley is Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor, Editor Emeritus of Connecticut Review and teaches at SCSU where she was named Faculty Scholar 3 times. Raised in Kentucky, she has a PhD from Vanderbilt and is a member of University of Kentucky's Hall of Distinguished Alumni, the highest honor a graduate can receive. She was awarded the 2015 Hackney Award for Poetry for "Foxfire." She has published 6 chapbooks and 11 books. Perennial (2015, Negative Capability Press)is the 2016-17 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. The Poet was published in 2015 by Louisiana Literature Press at Southeastern Louisiana University.Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, her 9th book, All of Your Messages Have Been Erased (2010, Louisiana Literature Press, SLU)was awarded the 2011 Sheila Motton Book Prize from NEPC, The Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, CT Press Club Award for Best Creative Writing and was a Milt Kessler Poetry Prize and CT Poetry Book Prize Finalist. Recipient of a CT Arts Grant for Poetry, she gives numerous national and state readings. In 2014-15, she gave the Soyka Humanities Fund Reading at Misericordia U, did workshops and readings at U of Central Florida, Alabama Writer's Conclave, Villanova U, MA Poetry Festival, and The Poet's Voice, Darien, CT. Prior to 2014, she has also read at West Point(USMA), Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, UT, UK, U of Hartford, Sacred Heart U, SUNY-Binghamton, West Chester U, Salem State U. She lives in North Haven, CT with her husband, Ed Harris.

Publications and Prizes

All of Your Messages Have Been Erased
(Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2010)
, Crazy Quilt
(Hanover Press, 1999)
, Down of Hawk
(Sow's Ear Press, 2001)
, Echo & Anger, Still
(Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2000)
, Fair Haven
(Negative Capability Press, 2000)
, Gleanings: Old Poems, New Poems
(Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2003)
, Hardboot: Poems New & Old
(Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2005)
, Perennial
(Negative Capability Press, 2015)
, THe Poet
(Louisiana Literature Press, 2017)
, The Southern Poetry Anthology
(Texas Review Press, 2010)
, When There Is No Shore
(Word Press, 2002)
An anthology of Chicago Poetry
(University of Iowa Press, 2012)
, Contemporary American Poetry
(Longman Press, 2003)
, Sunken Garden Poetry: 1992-2011
(Wesleyan University Press, 2012)
, The Extraordinary Tide
(Columbia University Press, 2001)
American Scholar, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review
Greatest Hits: 1974-2010
(Pudding House Publications, 2011)
Prizes Won: 
2016-17 Paterson Prize for Poetry finalist for Perennial 2015 Hackney Literary Award for Poetry Lucille Medwick Prize (PSA) Robert Frost Foundation Prize Ann Stanford Prize from U of S CA Marble Faun Prize from Faulkner Soc Danile Varoujan Prize from NEPC Hart Crane Prize from Kent State U Paterson Prize for Lit Achievement Prairie Schooner Reader's Choice Julia Peterkin Award CT Book Award New Millenium Poetry Award for complete list, see

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Last updated: Apr 04, 2016