Retired MHC prof, student to give poetry readings

Robert Shaw Professor emeritus of english

By Alheri Egor-Egbe ’17

Robert Shaw retired in June after 33 years at Mount Holyoke College, where he was the Emily Dickinson Professor of English. Among his seven books of poetry are Solving for X, which won the prestigious Hollis Summers Prize, and Aromatics, cowinner of the 2013 Poets’ Prize. 

In his latest collection, A Late Spring, and After, Shaw explores childhood, experience, and his midwestern roots. He also penned a series of meditations on his late wife’s illness, her passing, and his life after. In his review, poet Timothy Steele noted that “plants and animals, youth and age, private life, and public history—everything is here in glorious enchantment and detail.”  

Shaw will read from the collection on Tuesday, November 15, at 7:00 pm at the Odyssey Bookshop. He will be joined by his former student, Mount Holyoke senior Jocelyn Mosman, who will read a selection of her poetry.  

Mosman received the Gertrude Claytor Award from the Academy of American Poets and was named the 2016 Poet of the Year by West Texas Talent and Entertainment. She has participated in 55 poetry slams and been published in numerous literary magazines, journals, and anthologies in the United States and the United Kingdom. Her latest book, Soul Meets Body, was published last year. Mosman majors in English and politics and is president of the Conscious Poets’ Society on campus.

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