Author Renee Ashley


Renée Ashley has received fellowships in both poetry and prose from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment of the Arts. A portion of her poem, “First Book of the Moon,” is included in a permanent installation by the artist Larry Kirkland in Penn Station, Manhattan, NY.  She has served as Assistant Poetry Coordinator for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and as Poetry Editor of The Literary Review and Tiferet. She’s been in residence at Yaddo, MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches each year at the Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway, Murphy Writing Programs, Stockton State University. She also teaches part-time in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing and the MA in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators programs at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She does freelance editing and occasionally takes on private students.


  • Minglements: Prose on Poetry and Life
  • Ruined Traveler
  • The View from the Body
  • Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea (Winner of the Subito Book Prize)
  • Basic Heart (Winner, 2008 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize)
  • The Revisionist’s Dream
  • The Various Reasons of Light
  • Salt
  • The Verbs of Desiring (Winner, New American Press Chapbook)
  • The Museum of Lost Wings (Winner, Sunken Garden Poetry Prize 2006)
  • Someplace Like This


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