Sally Ashton is a poet, writer, Editor-in-Chief of the DMQ Review, college professor, lecturer, blogger, workshop presenter, and teacher who has taught well over 60 workshops. She was appointed the second Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, April 2011, a two year term. She has collaborated with both visual artists and musicians.

Her book of poems, These Metallic Days was published in 2005 as part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Choice Chapbook Series.

Her second chapbook, Her Name Is Juanita, was published as a special project by Kore Press in 2009, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the press.

Her first full-length collection, Some Odd Afternoon, was released February, 2010 by BlazeVOX Books. Selections were nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011 by Jennifer K. Sweeney. A review by Dean Rader appears at Rattle online.

Two poems from 2010 issues of DMQ Review, which she edits, were chosen for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2011, by guest editor Kevin Young, fall 2011.

Ashton was awarded a Montalvo Artist Residency in 2011 as well as an Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship, Poetry, 2005. Besides nominations listed above, Ashton was also a 2006 and 2001 Pushcart Prize nominee, and a finalist for Best of the Net 2007.

She won First Prize in the 2014 Fish Flash Fiction Contest from Fish Publishing, Dublin, Ireland.

She was the founding director of the California Poets Festival in San Jose(2007 & 2008) which was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Writing across genres and specializing in hybrid forms, Ashton has published in Sentence: a journal of prose poetics, and currently in such journals as Brevity, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetry Flash, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Zyzzyva. Work appears in the textbook anthology, An Introduction to the Prose Poem; in Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes; and in best-seller Poems for the 99 Percent. She’s a guest-blogger for the Best American Poetry blog.

Sally earned her MFA in Poetry and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars, 2003, teaches creative writing at her alma mater, San José State University, and teaches regular local workshops. She has taught in Lisbon, Portugal through Disquiet International Literary Program in 2011,2014, and 2015. A full CV of appearances is available and includes Moe’s Books, Berkeley for Poetry Flash; Frank Pictures Gallery in Santa Monica; the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA; KGB Bar, NYC; and as a SJSU University Scholar. See “Calendar” link above for recent dates.

Ashton as poet laureate was featured in a segment on NBC News.


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