KGB: Monday Night Poetry: Brenda Shaughnessy + Willa Carroll + Meghann Plunkett

February 18, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, including The Octopus Museum (coming in March 2019 from 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. She lives in Verona NJ with her family. 

Meghann Plunkett is a poet, coder, and dog enthusiast. She was named a Best New Poet of 2018, the winner of the 2017 Missouri Review’s Editors’ Prize as well as the winner of the 2017 Third Coast Poetry Prize judged by Natalie Diaz. She was a finalist for the 2016 Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Contest as well as a finalist for the 2017 North American Review’s Hearst Poetry Prize. She has also been anthologized in the 2017 Best of Net Anthology selected by Eduardo C. Corral.  Her poems can be found or are forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, Best New Poets 2018, Third Coast, Pleiades, Rattle, Washington Square Review among many others.  Her essays and erasures can be found in Luna Luna Magazine. Her animated poem, “Human” can be found on Button Poetry. She is a writer in residence at Omega Institution and serves as a poetry reader for The New Yorker. 

Willa Carroll is the author of Nerve Chorus (The Word Works, September 2018). A finalist for The Georgia Poetry Prize, she was the winner of The TQ7 Poetry Prize, and her poem “No Final Curtain” won First Place in Narrative’s Third Annual Poetry Contest. Video readings of her poems were featured in Narrative Outloud and Tuesday; A Reading Project. Carroll has a BA and MFA from Bennington College and has taught at universities, writing centers, and public schools. A former experimental dancer and actor, she has collaborated with numerous performers and artists, including text-based projects with her filmmaker husband. She lives in NYC.