Shelby Dale DeWeese (she/her/hers) is a writer and educator committed to equity. Originally from the South, she spent the past 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 and is the Education and Community Engagement Manager at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, where she manages the Youth and Community Programs. She is also a poetry reader for Teen Ink Magazine, a journalist for MuggleNet, and 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. She co-founded Fractal Literary Magazine, served as chief copy editor of The Daily Trojan, interned for Gold Line Press and 826LA, worked as the social media manager of Pinwheel and a poetry reader for Frontier Poetry and Switchback, and taught 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.