November 23, 2017

Book News: Brenda Shaughnessy Wins Laughlin Award for Second Poetry Book

By Michael Rogers

The Academy of American Poets has awarded Brenda Shaughnessy the 2007 James Laughlin Award for her second volume of poetry, Human Dark with Sugar (Copper Canyon). The $5000 prize is awarded annually to the most outstanding second book by an American poet published in the previous year. Shaughnessy was chosen by judges Peter Gizzi, Matthea Harvey, and Caroline Knox, and edged out Kate Northrop, who was named the finalist for her collection Things Are Disappearing Here (Persea). Shaughnessy’s initial title, Interiors with Sudden Joy was nominated for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Norma Farber First Book Award.