Shelby Dale DeWeese (she/her/hers) is a writer and educator committed to equity. Originally from the South, she spent eight years in California, where she began her career in education and youth development and earned her MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco.
Shelby currently lives in Minneapolis, where she is pursuing her M.Ed. and Teaching License in English Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has recently worked as the Education and Community Engagement Manager at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, a poetry reader for Teen Ink Magazine, and a journalist for MuggleNet. She is also a volunteer tutor at 826 MSP.
Previously, Shelby has worked as a Programs Coordinator at 826 Valencia and an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco. In 2018, she staffed the inaugural International Congress of Youth Voices. Her experience also includes co-founding Fractal Literary Magazine; serving as chief copy editor of The Daily Trojan; interning for Gold Line Press and 826LA; managing social media for Pinwheel; reviewing poetry submissions for Frontier Poetry and Switchback and Teen Ink Magazine; writing news articles for MuggleNet; and teaching writing and leadership for Education Unlimited/Camp Brainy Bunch. She has also taught poetry workshops in Los Angeles and in Lörrach, Germany as part of a collaborative project between USC and Freies Theater Tempus Fugit.