Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick graduated with her Masters in Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010. She recently completed her first full-length manuscript of essays and poetry and has a chapbook in print. She writes in New York and Texas
“SHANNON ELIZABETH HARDWICK is an emerging, significant poet/photographer of the sensual, the ethereally errant, whether snapping portraits that reveal her subjects’ interior (dislocated) longings; or taking self-portraits of a vulnerable, insomnia-riddled persona not quite on the lush turf of Eros; or capturing disused towns in her native Texas. Her stark, philosophic poetry (Little Wordlings) balances illusive daydream-scapes with yearnings for misplacements-set-right. Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick, through combined arts, offers a brave and brilliant quantum leap of vision, doubt, and faith. Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick is a necessary poet/photographer!” Red Shuttleworth, poet (Western Settings)
Shannon Hardwick has created a language that speaks to poets, philosophers, sociologists, scientists, and people living and dying on the streets. Few people dare art in the way that Shannon does, mixing delicate turns of poetry with sturdy prose. Her willingness to let surrounding stimuli move into her nerve endings creates a vivid individual consciousness of things turning into objects and an intense social awareness of such objects hardening back into things. Although Shannon Hadrwick exhibits a seamless and natural technique with her poetry, one is taken by the heart of her poems rather than its beautiful form. Such a heart examines our own possibilities and limitations as readers confront a steely presence that in her own words, “ain’t afraid of the blues.” Amid the beauty and around the soft rhythms of her words, looms a steady, fearless, and unwavering focus on that which can lighten and darken our souls simultaneously. Michael A. Katovich, Professor of Sociology, Texas Christian University.
*Any and all photos in this blog (including the front page banner of the Russian dolls) were shot by Shannon.