Shelby Handler is a queer Jewish writer, organizer, performer and educator living on Duwamish territory/Seattle, WA. They are rooted to a diasporic lineage of home-making through language.

A 2019-20 Hugo House Fellow, their work has been supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Gay City Arts, Asylum Arts, Artist Trust and the Yiddish Book Center. Recent work has appeared in Gigantic Sequins, Pacifica Literary Review, Homology Lit, 3Elements Review, glitterMOB and the Write Bloody anthology “We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival.” They are a founding member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artists and Cultural Workers Council. Shelby is a master teaching artist for Writers in the Schools (WITS), Arts Corps, Youth Speaks Seattle and Kadima Reconstructionist Synagogue.

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