Ashley Shelby is the author of Red River Rising: The Anatomy of a Flood and the Survival of an American City, which was praised by Salon, the Associated Press, Philadelphia Inquirer, Library Journal, and other media outlets. Her original reporting on the Exxon Valdez litigation has been 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). Her novel "South Pole Station" will be published July 2017 by Picador USA.
Shelby co-founded and curated the KGB Bar Nonfiction Reading Series in New York’s East Village, where she hosted authors such as Sebastian Junger and Adrian Nicole Leblanc. Ashley, who has received the William Faulkner Award for Short Fiction and the Third Coast Fiction Prize, received an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She has also been an Artist Fellow at Blacklock Nature Sanctuary and received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant for her writing. She has received a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and has served as a juror for the Foundation. She was a finalist for Lascaux Review’s Prize in Short Fiction and Southeast Review’s “World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest,” the latter judged by Robert Olen Butler.
Her work has been published widely, including in The Seattle Review, Post Road, Sonora Review, The Portland Review, J Journal: New Writings on Social Justice, Sierra, Full Circle Journal, Babble, Gastronomica, Carve, and other literary journals. Her short-short, “Kuwait: 1991,” is forthcoming in Southeast Review.
Ashley is also a Teaching Artist at Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She has lectured at the University of Minnesota and taught memoir writing at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Before moving back to Minnesota, Shelby was an Associate Editor at Penguin Group (USA) Inc. in New York, where she specialized in political and social issue nonfiction, memoir, and narrative journalism. As a freelance editor, she has worked with a number of critically acclaimed authors.
Ashley lives in the Twin Cities with her family.
Awards and Recognition
- Enizagam Short Story Award
- Red Hen Press Short Fiction Award
- Third Coast Fiction Prize
- Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, writing
- Blacklock Nature Sanctuary Artist Fellowship