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Ashley Shelby is based in Minneapolis. Her fiction and essays have been widely published, including in  The Seattle Review, The Portland Review, J Journal: New Writings on Social Justice, The Drouth (U.K.), Sonora Review, Post Road, Carve, Third Coast, and other literary outlets. Her short-short “Kuwait: 1991” is forthcoming in Southeast Review, and was a finalist for that journal’s flash-fiction prize. As a journalist, her original reporting on the Exxon Valdez litigation was published in The Nation, E: The Environmental Magazine, and alternet, has been republished in news outlets around the globe, and has been anthologized in the I Hate Corporate America Reader (Thunder’s Mouth Press/Da Capo). She is also the author of Red River Rising: The Anatomy of a Flood and the Survival of an American City, a work of narrative nonfiction praised by Salon, the Associated Press, Philadelphia Inquirer, Library Journal, and other media outlets. 

Ashley co-founded and curated the KGB Bar Nonfiction Reading Series in New York’s East Village, where she hosted authors such as Sebastian Junger, Carl Zimmer, and Adrian Nicole Leblanc. Ashley, who has been awarded the Third Coast Fiction Prize and the William Faulkner Award for Short Fiction, received her M.F.A. from Columbia University. Before moving back to Minneapolis, she was an editor at Penguin Group (USA) Inc., where she specialized in nonfiction, memoir, and narrative journalism. She is currently a Teaching Artist at Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. 

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