Brenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaugnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan, and grew up in Southern California. She is the author of four books of poetry, including So Much Synth, published in 2016; Our Andromeda, finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize; and Interior with Sudden Joy. Her poems appear in The Best American Poetry, Harper’s, the Nation, the Rumpus, the New Yorker, and the Paris Review. She is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and daughter.


My bedroom window can be seen from the viewing deck of the World Trade Center. I’ve seen it. What I saw? My roommate experimenting with my vibrator. She looked lovely through sheer curtains on my creamy bed.…