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Vivian Shipley, Ph.D.

shipleyConnecticut State University Distinguished Professor

Professor of English

Creative Writing

Office: Engleman Hall D245
Phone: 203.392.6737
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Ph.D. Victorian Literature, Vanderbilt University, 1975
M.A. English, University of Kentucky, 1967
B.A. English, University of Kentucky, 1964

About Professor Shipley

I am a poet and I teach the undergraduate and graduate poetry writing workshops. The Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor, I’ve taught at SCSU since 1969. I have published 10 books of poetry and 6 chapbooks. I’m a member of the University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni and live in North Haven, CT, with my husband, Ed Harris.

Recent Courses Taught

ENG 202 - Introduction to Poetry Writing
ENG 302 - Intermediate Poetry Writing
ENG 402 - Advanced Poetry Writing
ENG 506 - Poetry Writing I
ENG 507 - Poetry Writing II

Selected Publications and Presentations

All of Your Messages Have Been Erased (Louisiana Literature Press, SLU, 2010) Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Winner of the 2011 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, the Sheila Motton Book Prize for Poetry from New England Poetry Club, the CT Press Club for Best Creative Work, CT Book Prize for Poetry Finalist and the Milton Kessler Poetry Prize Finalist from SUNY-Binghamton.

Greatest Hits: 1974-2010 (Pudding House Publications Chapbook Series, Columbus, Ohio, 2010)

Garnet Poems: An Anthology of Connecticut Poets since 1776. Edited by Dennis Barone. (Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT, 2012)

Sunken Garden Poetry: 1992-1012. Ed. By Brad Davis. Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT, 2012)

Perennial, Negative Capability Press, Mobile, ALA, 2015

The Poet, Louisiana Literature Press, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA, 2015