Julia Shipley is the author of a debut collection, The Academy of Hay, which won the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2016 Vermont Book Award.

Her prose book Adam’s Mark: Writing from the Oxhouse was named a 2014 best book about New England by the Boston Globe.  A recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place and The Studios of Key West, she has also received support from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Arts Council.

Her poems and essays have appeared in The Collagist, FIELD, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review online, North American Review, Orion Magazine, Poetry, The Rumpus, Salamander, Utne Reader and Verse Daily. Her story “The Giving Tree” was selected as a notable narrative in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is a contributing editor and columnist for Yankee Magazine as well as a frequent contributor to Seven Days: Vermont’s Independent Weekly and Nieman Storyboard, a publication of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.


MFA - Creative Writing | Bennington College
BS - Environmental Education | Lesley University

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