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Celebrating the centennial of the 19th amendment

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: August 12, 2020
  • Filed Under: Library News

By Daniella Snyder

This week marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment’s passage. However, instead of re-telling the whitewashed historical narratives, I thought we could take a more educated approach.

In reality, even though thee 19th Amendment gave “women” the right to vote, it mainly ensured the right for white, middle and upper-class women. Native Americans were not even granted citizenship until 1924. Black women, living in the Reconstruction and Jim Crow era, largely did not enjoy the right to vote, given the poll taxes, literacy tests, and outright violence at the polls. Therefore, 2020 is not the centennial of the woman’s right to vote; it’s the centennial of the rich white woman’s right to vote.

I don’t think it’s a secret that the famous suffragettes we see in our history textbooks were racist and exclusionary. They rendered women of color, and their contributions for the fight for equality, invisible.

This year, let’s honor a woman of color who fought admirably for every woman’s right to vote.

Mary Church Terrell was born to former slaves in Memphis, Tennessee in 1863. Her father was a successful businessman and her mother owned a hair salon. Their affluence and belief in the importance of education enabled Terrell to attend Oberlin College. She earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree there. Terrell taught for two years before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1887. There she met and married Heberton Terrell, and together they had one daughter and adopted a second daughter.

Her activism was sparked in 1892 when her friend, Thomas Moss, was lynched in Memphis because his business competed with a white man’s business. While she joined Ida B. Wells-Barnett in anti-lynching campaigns, her life’s work focused on the notion of racial uplift. She believed that people of color could end racial discrimination by advancing themselves through education, work, and community activism.

Her words, “lifting as we climb,” became the motto of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW), a group she helped found and led in 1896.

As NACW president, Terrell campaigned among black and white organizations. She actively campaigned for black women’s suffrage. She picketed the Wilson White House with white suffragettes. In February 1898, Terrell spoke at the National American Woman Suffrage Association convention in Washington, D.C. Her speech forced powerful white women attendees to reflect on the compounding oppressions and systemic violence that black women endured during slavery.

In 1909, she became one of the founding members of the NAACP. Following the passage of the 19th amendment, Terrell wrote an autobiography, A Colored Woman in a White World. In 1948, she became the first black member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). In 1950, she challenged segregation by protesting the John R. Thompson Restaurant in Washington, D.C. She was victorious when, three years later, the Supreme Court ruled that segregated eating facilities were unconstitutional, a major breakthrough for the Civil Rights Movement.


 


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Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: July 29, 2020
  • Filed Under: Library News

By Daniella Snyder

 

Happy birthday, Harry Potter!

While fans of the Harry Potter series would have met the beloved wizard in 1997, he was actually born years earlier, in 1980. Author J.K. Rowling gave the young wizard a July 31 birthday, the same as her own.

In the first book in the bestselling series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we meet Harry shortly before his eleventh birthday.

Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe in the film, is making a cake for himself out of the dirt on the floor when Hagrid enters the movie with a perfectly charming birthday cake. The movie clip is often shared on social media around this time.

Even though the series is considered a cornerstone of modern young adult literature, both young and old readers have grown to love Harry, Hermoine, and Ron. Since the release of the first novel in 1997, the books have found immense popularity and commercial success.

As of February 2018, the books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, which makes them the bestselling book series in history, and has been translated into 80 languages. The seven books were adapted into an eight-part film series by Warner Bros. Pictures, which became the third highest-grossing film series of all time as of February 2020, after the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars.

The success of the books and films has led the Harry Potter franchise to create numerous derivative works, including a traveling exhibition that premiered in Chicago in 2009, a studio tour in London that opened in 2012, a website in which Rowling updates the series with new information and insight (Pottermore), and spin-off films (Fantastic Beasts) and a play (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). Finally, the ultimate HP fans make the trek to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a part of the Universal Parks & Resorts amusement parks around the world.


Daniella Snyder HeadshotDaniella Snyder is a former graduate assistant for Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the English department. 

 

 


 


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Kick back with Falvey’s summer word search!

By Daniella Snyder

Hey Wildcats, looking for something fun to do today and over your long Memorial Day Weekend?

You can get all the summer vibes from Falvey’s summer word search. I recommend you print it, take it outside, and find all the words while sitting underneath the sun while drinking a glass of lemonade. (Hammock optional, but highly recommended!)

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This Cat is Signing Off!

By Daniella Snyder

I’m Daniella Snyder, a graduate student at Villanova University, and your ‘Cat in the Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics–from research to study habits and everything in between–and how Falvey can play a large role in your success here on campus!

Hello, Wildcats!

For the last two years, it has been a pleasure to serve as Falvey Memorial Library’s ‘Cat in the Stacks. I’ve shared stories, books, and studying tips. I’ve discussed finals stress, the fantastic productions put on in Vasey Theatre, and I’ve researched important holidays, such as Women’s History Month and Indigenous Peoples’ Day. I’ve certainly learned a lot, and I hope you have, too!

For my last blog post, I thought I’d take some time to share my gratitude for some of the many people who have made my time at Falvey Memorial Library so special.

To the Holy Grounds employees: Thank you for always serving me the midday black coffee and sugary donut! My productivity during my usual 1-2 p.m. slump can be attributed to you!

To the subject librarians: Thank you for being available to talk, give advice, or listen. I will miss our regular conversations about Matt LeBlanc and The Golden Compass, and I will definitely miss your warm and helpful emails.

To the IT department: It was a delight to sit near you all. Thank you for your patience while I talked about The Bachelor all Tuesday morning, and thank you for not laughing at me every time I had a minor computer problem.

To Kayla at the front desk: Catching your infectious positivity at the front desk was a great way to start my work shift. I know we’ll both be leaving the library, but I hope to see you again soon!

To Allie, Annabelle, Kelly, and the rest of the student staff: You ladies are superstars, and I will miss you immensely. I know you only spent a small portion of your Villanova experience with me, but you all made 100% of my Villanova experience what it was. Never hesitate to call or text me. Promise you won’t like the next grad assistant more than you like me?

To Nate: You’re the Dwight to my Jim. I know you wouldn’t like it if I wrote anything emotional or corny, so I’ll just say you’ve been a great co-worker, and I’m sure we’ll see each other soon.

To Shawn: You’ve been a great writing mentor for my last year in the office, and I’m sure you’ll be the same for the next set of GAs. Your big ideas are great, and I can’t wait to see a Tiny Front Desk Concert soon.

To Kallie: I will miss you, your spunk, and your Monday morning affirmations. You’ve been a fantastic mentor, and I’ve always appreciated your advice, whether it was about school, work, or life.

To Gina: You are a superhero, and I don’t know where any of us would be without you. You inspire me to always see the glass half full and to see the good in everything. I will miss you!

To Joanne: Thank you for your guidance throughout these last two years, and thank you for allowing our big ideas to come to life, like creating a podcast or recording the GlobalSmackDown. You were a great mentor, and I can only hope that my next supervisor will be as great as you!

Signing off,

Daniella


Daniella Snyder HeadshotDaniella is a graduate student in the English department and a (former) graduate assistant for Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 

 


 


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What’s on my summer reading list?

By Daniella Snyder

I’m Daniella Snyder, a graduate student at Villanova University, and your ‘Cat in Falvey’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics–from research to study habits and everything in between–and how the  Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

Wildcats, this will sound nerdy, but one of my favorite parts of the summer is crafting a list of the books I plan to read over the next few months. Like a good playlist, my summer reading list must have a combination of different genres. It needs something academic, something funny, and I always add something that I should’ve read by now, but haven’t. I think you can tell a lot about a person by what books they read, so I thought I’d share this summer’s reading list.

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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Even though I know that Vonnegut’s a famous author, and Slaughterhouse-Five is a classic novel, I’ve never actually read it, and I’m pretty late to the Vonnegut game. I started reading his novels in college, but have only read two or three of his works. Slaughterhouse-Five is like, the Shawshank Redemption of books. Everyone’s read it, so I should too.

 

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I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawing, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson

Abbi Jacobson is a comedic genius. If you’ve seen Broad City, you know what I mean. With this book, I think I’ll be LQTM (laughing quietly to myself) at the beach, at the park, and on the train.

 

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Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby

I was supposed to hear Samantha Irby read at the Free Library of Philadelphia in April, but reading her newest collection of essays will make up for the missed experience. Irby’s writing is biting and hysterical. I’d recommend this one to any of your funny friends.

 

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How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

//I don’t really like self-help books, but I think this is different. Odell writes a book that helps us think about efficiency and attention in a new way.

 

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Life of the Party by Olivia Gatwood

I had to have at least one poetry collection on the list, and Olivia Gatwood is so cool. Seriously, though. I stalk her on Instagram, and think she’s so rad. So, I have to imagine that her poetry will be relatable, interesting, and bold.

 

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Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

This has been a highly-anticipated book of 2020, and I don’t know much about it, other than my friends have read it and liked it, so I should read it, too.

 

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The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I took a Fitzgerald course in college, and I still never managed to read this novel. Since Gatsby is still one of my favorite books of all time (basic, I know) I think it’s only right that I read the rest of the Fitzgerald canon.

 

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Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Honestly, how haven’t I read this book yet? It was named a top book of the last decade. Decade! Enough said.

 

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Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood by Grayson Perry

If you’ve known me for 15+ minutes, you would know that I studied art history in college, because I somehow incorporate that fact into every conversation I’ve ever had. This book has been on my list for a while.

 


Daniella Snyder HeadshotDaniella Snyder is a former graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library. This week, she’s reading The Upside of Being Down by Jen Gotch.

 

 

 

 


 


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The Faces Behind the Falvey Fan Page @humans_of_falvey

By Daniella Snyder

I’m Daniella Snyder, a graduate student at Villanova University, and your ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics–from research to study habits and everything in between–and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

Most Villanova students spend a significant amount of time in Falvey, viewing studying in the library as one of their many academic obligations. However, for two students, Melwin “Solu” Rajan ’20 COE and David Sepulveda ’20 COE, Falvey was an integral part of their college experience. During their four years as Villanova students, the Library was not just a place to study. Falvey was a place to meet new people, find community among fellow students, and make lasting friendships. 

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Melwin “Solu” Rajan and David Sepulveda are the no-longer anonymous faces of the Humans of Falvey Instagram account.

Thus, they created an Instagram account dedicated to highlighting Falvey’s biggest fans: @humans_of_falvey. With the account, they highlighted the Reading Room regulars, the night owls, and the Holy Grounds addicts. They applauded the Falvey Scholars, motivated students during midterms and finals, and shamed those who failed to recycle iced coffee cups properly (for more context, visit their Instagram!) Over the last three years, the account has gained over a hundred followers and counting, some of them Falvey staff and librarians.

The idea for the social media account materialized during the students’ sophomore year, a year known for massive workloads and countless hours of studying. “We were practically pushed into the library,” Sepulveda recalls. After weeks of spending hours in the library every day, Rajan and Sepulveda began to recognize other frequent Falvey-goers. 

Eventually, they became friends with these familiar faces, taking study breaks together. “We had this social group of people form by spending all of our time in the library,” Sepulveda noted with a laugh. “It really started as a joke,” Rajan admits. The two Engineering majors, along with a Nursing student and a few other friends were eating dinner in the “Pit” one night when the idea came to them. It felt like all of these students who were always in Falvey were in a club, “sort of social, sort of academic, but centered around Falvey,” he explains. 

Sepulveda remembers asking himself—and the rest of the group—“How do we do something to bring those people together?” 

They cleverly began to call themselves “members” of Lambda Iota Beta (LIB, short for “library”), printed off fraternity-style t-shirts, and created an Instagram account to accompany their new club: @humans_of_falvey. Rajan and Sepulveda started walking around the library, introducing themselves to some new Falvey fans. They would strike up a conversation, inquire about what they were working on, post a photo of the student (or study group) with a funny quote, either about coffee, staying up all night, or cramming for a big exam. 

Falvey: A Special Place

Ultimately, the goal with @humans_of_falvey was to “make sure people felt a sense of solidarity,” Rajan says. “None of us really want to be up all night studying, but we wanted to create a sense of camaraderie to make light of a situation that isn’t ideal.” However, Rajan and Sepulveda had no idea that some of their closest friendships would result from these brief interactions in Falvey. 

One post from April 2018 shows two gentlemen at work in Holy Grounds. Before that picture was taken by Rajan, none of them knew each other. Now, because of Humans of Falvey, not only are they all good friends, one of the students featured in the post became Rajan’s roommate! Another post features a student named Bryan, a then-sophomore who began studying with the upperclassmen members of LIB, and is now a close friend.

When I had the chance to speak with Rajan and Sepulveda, my main question was: “Why Falvey? What was so special about this space?” 

For an Engineering major whose assignments were usually group projects, Rajan needed Falvey’s group study spaces. Plus, the 24-hour access and close proximity to food and coffee are benefits, he admits. For Sepulveda, a late-night studier, the first floor keeps him motivated to power through studying until 2 or 3 a.m.

While Rajan and Sepulveda have acted as the semi-anonymous faces behind the account, after the library’s closure due to COVID-19, the two students finally revealed themselves with a heartfelt parting message:

It is with a heavy heart that the two of us say goodbye to studying with you in Falvey. It is a place we call home, to study, to laugh, to breakdown, and to remember. As the two of us see our college career come to an end, we want to thank each one of you for helping make the library our home.

While Rajan and Sepulveda originally intended to share this account between their circle of friends, the account “exceeded expectations,” with students all over campus hoping to be featured on their Instagram. Like they hoped to show, students can turn to the Instagram account to find camaraderie and community among their classmates. And, like them, Rajan and Sepulveda have inspired countless other students to make the library their home.

In the wake of COVID-19, Sepulveda’s relationship with Falvey has undeniably changed: 

COVID-19 has changed my appreciation of Falvey by allowing me to understand how privileged I was to have a location to study and collaborate with my peers. It was a place I felt very comfortable in, and learning to be a student outside of the confines of its walls has been challenging. I specifically have been missing tools like printers, scanners, computers…and I really miss the large tables on the first floor which are great for studying with friends.

Further, and also as a result of COVID-19, the continuation of the Instagram account is still uncertain. Sepulveda and Rajan, on top of their assignments and preparation for online finals, are trying to select potential successors to the account.

After graduation, Sepulveda will begin his career in his home state of Maine.


Daniella Snyder HeadshotDaniella Snyder is a graduate assistant for Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the English department. This week, she’s reading The Upside of Being Down by Jen Gotch.

 

 

 

 


 


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Revisit the 2011 Lit Fest!

By Daniella Snyder

I’m Daniella Snyder, a graduate student at Villanova University, and your ‘Cat in Falvey’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics–from research to study habits and everything in between–and how the Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

Since the English department was not able to complete this year’s spring literary festival, they’re sharing videos of readings from previous festivals. This week, they are sharing a 2011 reading by writer Monique Truong.  Monique Truong was born in Saigon and currently lives in New York City.

photo of Monique Truong and "The Sweetest Fruits"

Her second novel, Bitter in the Mouth, was recently released by Random House and focuses on Linda Hammerick, a young woman with a unique secret sense–she can “taste” words, which have the power to disrupt, dismay, or delight. Her first novel, The Book of Salt, was a New York Times Notable Book. It won the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the 2003 Bard Fiction Prize, the Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and the 7th Annual Asian American Literary Award, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and Britain’s Guardian First Book Award.

She is the recipient of the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship, Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship, and a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her 2019 novel, The Sweetest Fruits, is her third and most recent novel.


Daniella Snyder HeadshotDaniella Snyder is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the English department.

 

 

 

 


 


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Get a Head Start on The Next One Book!

By Daniella Snyder

I’m Daniella Snyder, a graduate student at Villanova University, and your ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s stacks. I’ll be posting about academics–from research to study habits and everything in between–and how the Falvey Memorial Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

Hey, Wildcats, if your quarantine time looks anything like mine, you’ve had some free time on your hands. Why don’t you use that free time to get ahead? Crack open Villanova’s next One Book: Educated by Tara Westover.

Westover will speak to the University community on Sept. 9, 2021. If you can’t get your hands on a copy (you can borrow the e-book in Falvey’s catalog), consider this week’s blog post as your introductory guide to the next campus-wide read.

Seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom, Westover was born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho and prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer, she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter, she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.

Her father forbade hospitals, so Westover never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when Westover’s older brother became violent.

Then, lacking a formal education, Westover began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights movement.

Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home. She pursued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She received an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 2009 and in 2014 was awarded a PhD in history. Currently, she is a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center, working on projects related to media and political polarization. Educated is her first book (tarawestover.com).

Aside from being selected as Villanova’s next One Book, Educated was named the Nonfiction Book of the Year by the American Booksellers Association, the winner of the 2018 Goodreads Choice Award for Memoir, a double-finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, and one of The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2018, among many other accolades and awards.

If you’d like to hear more, check out Westover’s interview on The Ellen Show, her interview on CBS, and her interview with PBS.

*Note: Tara Westover’s visit to campus was originally scheduled to take place in Sept. of 2020; however, due to the impact of COVID-19, the visit had to be moved to Sept. 9, 2021. Mark your calendars!

 


Daniella Snyder HeadshotDaniella Snyder is a graduate assistant in the communication and marketing department at Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the English department. This week, she’s reading The Best American Food Writing 2019.

 

 

 


 


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Celebrate: Read a poem!

By Daniella Snyder

I’m Daniella Snyder, a graduate student at Villanova University, and your ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s (remote) Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics–from research to study habits and everything in between–and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success at Villanova!

Hey, Wildcats! Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? NPM was first launched in 1966 by the Academy of American Poets. It began as a way to remind us that poets and poetry matters and that they play a vital role in society. Since 1966, NPM has attracted tens of millions of readers, students, librarians, publishers, and poets.

Now, in the midst of COVID-19, we face unprecedented circumstances. This particular NPM has taken on new meaning and importance, as more and more of us are turning to poetry to find solace and strength.

National Poetry Month poster 2020

While I certainly recommend that everyone pick up the work of their favorite poet this month, I hope you’ll find some new poems that give you comfort during this uncertain time. If you’re looking for even more ways to participate in NPM during COVID-19, the Academy of American Poets has come up with some ways you can celebrate, both online and at home:

  • Sign up for “Poem a Day” and get free daily poems delivered to your inbox each morning.
  • Read last year’s most-read poem, “Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye.
  • Listen to the “Poem a Day” podcast.
  • Buy a poetry book from a local, independent bookstore.
  • Host a virtual poetry reading on Zoom.

As NPM progresses, tell Falvey if you’ve found a poem that has been a source of comfort, solace, or strength for you. Share that poem with us: DM us on Instagram (@villanovalibrary), tweet us (@FalveyLibrary), or message us on Facebook.


Daniella Snyder HeadshotDaniella Snyder is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the English department. Since she’s back in her childhood home, she’s picking up her favorite poem from when she was a kid: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

 

 


 


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‘Cat in the Stack: Brenda Shaughnessy

By Daniella Snyder

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I’m Daniella Snyder, a graduate student at Villanova University, and your ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics–from research to study habits and everything in between–and how the Falvey Memorial Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

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Source: PoetryFoundation.org

This week, Falvey would have hosted poet Brenda Shaughnessy for a public reading in Speakers’ Corner as part of the English Department’s annual Literary Festival. While we cannot be there in person to hear Shaughnessy read, we can still appreciate her work and learn more about her. This week, my stack is filled with her poetry.

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, including The Octopus Museum (2019, 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, Shaughnessy is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark. She lives in Verona, New Jersey, with her family, according to her website.

Shaughnessy’s work is known for its ability to twin opposites: her poems are both playful and erotic, lyrical and funny, formal and strange. Reviewing Human Dark with Sugar, poet Cate Peebles noted that “Shaughnessy draws attention to the contradiction of being made up of so many parts while appearing to be one single body.”

In the New Yorker, Hilton Als said of her book, Our Andromeda: “it further establishes Shaughnessy’s particular genius, which is utterly poetic, but essayistic in scope, encompassing ideas about astronomy, illness, bodies, the family, ‘normalcy,’ home.”

Hilton Als’ description of Our Andromeda, and the mention of illness, bodies, the family, normalcy, and home, sounds like Shaughnessy’s poetry may help us work through our current moment.

Want to read Our Andromeda, but cannot access the collection online? Watch this 2013 video from the Chicago Humanities Festival, in which Shaughnessy reads a fair amount of her poetry from the collection.

If you want to stay connected with Brenda Shaughnessy, I recommend following her on Twitter (@brendashaughnes). Like many other authors, artists, and musicians, she shared that she will be posting about the books getting her through these uncertain times:

A Tweet by Brenda Shaughnessy, described in paragraph above. "I'm going to post about the books getting me through. #1: How is Jenny Offill such a genius? First page of Weather and I can barely turn to the second because it is so perfect and luminous and luscious I don't want it to be over, ever."

Here’s the page she’s referencing:

The first page of Weather by Jenny Offill.

While it is certainly disappointing that we will not be able to see Shaughnessy in person, I hope this brief overview offers a chance to get to know one of our Lit Fest authors a little better.

 


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Daniella Snyder is a graduate assistant in the Communication & Marketing department at Falvey Memorial Library, and a graduate student in the English department. This week, she’s reading Call Me By Your Name, a book that was recommended to her by the VU Book Club (@vubookclub).

 


 


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