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Shauna Barbosa is the author of the poetry collection Cape Verdean Blues (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southeast Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Boulevard, Poetry Society of America, PBS Newshour, Lit Hub, Lenny Letter, and others. She is a finalist for PEN America’s 2019 Open Book Award and was a 2018 Disquiet International Luso-American fellow. Shauna received her MFA from Bennington College in Vermont and currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she teaches Creative Writing in the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension.

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Teaching, Readings, and Speaking Engagements

Shauna Barbosa is an experienced writing coach and speaker and has given poetry readings around the world. As a workshop instructor, Shauna custom-curates an experience that nurtures a student’s literary foundation while opening doors to new ways to embark on language. As a speaker, Shauna brings a unique light to several topics, including place and home in poetry, African-Diaspora studies, diversity and inclusivity, gender and women’s studies and musical elements in literature. In addition to her literary background, Shauna has over 10 years of Event Planning experience in both social and corporate settings, as well as Cultural and Workplace Development.

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