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. They are a 2019-2020 Hugo House fellow and MFA candidate at the University of Washington.
Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Sugar House Review, Gigantic Sequins and the Write Bloody anthology “We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival”, among others.
Shelby’s work has been supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Gay City Arts, Asylum Arts, Artist Trust and the Yiddish Book Center.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.