About Julia

juliaJulia Shipley is an American nonfiction writer, journalist and poet based in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Her work has been featured in Yankee Magazine, Seven Days: Vermont's Independent Weekly, Orion Magazine and Nieman Storyboard. She's the author of a debut collection of poetry, The Academy of Hay, as well as a mostly prose book, Adam's Mark, named a Best Book About New England by the Boston Globe in 2014. She's currently a Visiting Writer at Vermont College's MFA program in Writing and Publishing.

Julia Shipley is an independent journalist and author of The Academy of Hay, winner of the 2014 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and Adam's Mark, named a Best Book of 2014 by the The Boston Globe. Winner of the 2006 Ralph Nading Hill Award and two-time recipient of Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Fund grants, she was also awarded The Frost Place's Grace Paley Poetry Fellowship, as well as fellowships to The Center for Book Arts and The Studios at Key West. Her poems and essays have appeared in 32 Poems, A3 Review, Alimentum: The Literature of Food, Barrelhouse, Burnside Review, Cincinnati Review, Cogzine, Collagist, Colorado Review, CutBank, December, FIELD, Fourth Genre, Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, Museum of Americana, New Limestone Review, North American Review, Poetry, Poet Lore, RiverTeeth, The Rumpus, Salamander, The Toast, Verse Daily, Utne Reader and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from The Bennington College Writing Seminars and lives in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, she earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Education traveling throughout the western regions of United States with the Audubon Expedition Institute. Throughout her twenties she worked on organic farms in the Northeast operating as CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), and for the last decade she's tended the soil on her homestead in Vermont. Hence her work is often obsessively concerned with place, the fate of landscapes, agrarian ideals, and stories that track things from germination through their harvest and beyond. The former Director of Writing Studies at Sterling College, she's a contributing editor to Yankee Magazine and contributing writer for Seven Days: Vermont's Independent Weekly.. She has also written for American Forests, BELT, Burlington Free Press, Nieman Storyboard, Northern Woodlands, Orion Magazine, Stowe Guide, The Magazine, and Vermont Life among others.

To check out a portfolio of her journalism click here.

Interviews with Julia and episodes exploring her thoughts on craft have been included in: Whole Terrain and this joy + ride and North American Review.


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