b. 1982


Born in Chester, Pennsylvania, poet Natalie Shapero is the author of the books No Object and Hard Child. The Griffin Poetry Prize judges, who shortlisted Hard Child for the 2018 prize, noted that “The poems in Natalie Shapero’s Hard Child come as close as lyric poems can to perfection. We feel the effect of them before noticing their machinery.” Her other honours 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. She has worked as a litigation fellow with Americans United for Separation of Church and State and is Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University and an editor at large of the Kenyon Review.


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