About Ashley


Ashley Shelby is prize-winning writer whose fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in SlateThe New York Times Book ReviewLitHub, the Los Angeles ReviewJ Journal: New Writings on Social Justice, and other literary outlets. She's received the Red Hen Press Short Fiction Award, the Enizagam Short Story Award, the Third Coast Fiction Prize, and has been nominated twice for the  Pushcart Prize. Her debut novel, South Pole Station, published in 2017, received praise from The New York TimesThe Washington PostNational Public Radio,  Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Time, Library Journal, The Guardian, LitHub, Booklist,  Kirkus Reviews, and Bookpage. It was also named a New York Times Editor's Pick and an Indie Next Pick, as well as a Best Book of 2017 by Shelf Awareness. South Pole Station also received the 2017 Lascaux Prize in Fiction. It comes out in paperback in July 2018.

As a journalist, Ashley's original reporting on the Exxon Valdez litigation was published in The NationE: The Environmental Magazine, and alternet. 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 PressPhiladelphia InquirerLibrary Journal, and other media outlets. She lives in the Twin Cities with her family, where, in her super plentiful free time, she plays basketball with her son and steps on her daughter's Legos. 

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