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Vivian Shipley

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Vivian Shipley is the author of several books of poetry, including All of Your Messages Have Been Erased (Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2010), Greatest Hits: 1974–2010 (Pudding House Press, 2010), and Hardboot: Poems, New & Old (Southeastern Louisiana University Press, 2005). Her honors include the Library of Congress’s Connecticut Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Literary Community, the Connecticut Book Award for Poetry, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Prize, and the Lucille Medwick Prize from the Poetry Society of America. Shipley serves as the editor of the Connecticut Review and teaches at Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in North Haven, Connecticut.

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If a hammerhead or a great white makes
waves during your workshop or poetry reading,
don't flap your elbows or slap at it with rolled
manuscripts. Sharks thrive on visual stimulation.