By Natalie Shapero
Released Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Thought-provoking and sardonically expressive, Shapero is a self-proclaimed “hard child”—unafraid of directly addressing bleakness as she continually asks what it means to be human and to bring new life into the world. Hard Child is musical and argumentative, deadly serious yet tinged with self-parody, evoking the spirit of Plath while remaining entirely its own.
Natalie Shapero is the Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University and an editor at large of the Kenyon Review. Her poetry collections are Hard Child (Copper Canyon, 2017) and No Object (Saturnalia, 2013). Natalie's writing has appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Progressive, and elsewhere. Natalie holds degrees in creative writing and in law. She has worked as a litigation fellow with Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and she has taught at Kenyon College, the Ohio State University, and the Columbus College of Art and Design. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a Kenyon Review Fellowship, and a Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award.