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Shelby Handler is a queer Ashkenazi writer, organizer, performer, and educator living in Seattle on Dxʷdəwʔabš (Duwamish) and unceded Coast Salish land. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY, The Iowa Review, Redivider, Bellingham Review, Poetry Northwest, PANK Magazine, Sugar House Review, The Journal, among others. Shelby was nominated for the 2020 Best of the Net and was a finalist for Palette Poetry’s Emerging Poet Prize, judged by Ilya Kaminsky. Shelby has received fellowships and grants from the Richard Hugo House, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Gay City Arts, Asylum Arts and the Yiddish Book Center. Shelby has worked as a teaching artist for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers in the Schools (WITS) and Youth Speaks Seattle. Currently, they are a Chapter Organizer at Jewish Voice for Peace and teach at Kadima Reconstructionist Synagogue.

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