Shelley Benaroya


Author's Bio

Shelley Benaroya is a published writer and poet who has taught creative writing and composition for more than 20 years. As a teaching artist, certified English teacher, and college instructor, she has helped students—young and old—discover the poet and storyteller within. Her awards include poetry and teaching fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Her work has appeared in all the sins, Burningwood Literary Journal, Diner, Ekphrasis, The Ekphrastic Review, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Letters Journal, The Lyric, The Road Not Taken, Thirteenth Moon, and elsewhere. In 2017, she received the Ekphrasis Prize and a Pushcart Prize nomination. In addition to her role as founding director of the Writing Center for Creative Aging, Ms. Benaroya has served these past 19 years as an artist-in-education for the New Jersey Writers Project, sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Writers Theatre of New Jersey. She joined the roster of teaching artists at NJPAC in 2005. Shelley is a National Center for Creative Aging-trained teaching artist. In 2012, she was one of a dozen tri-state arts educators selected to complete NCCA’s “Arts & Aging Core Training” held at the Arts Council of Princeton. She has worked as an arts education administrator, writer, editor, and public relations executive for such companies as the AIE Consortium, CES Publishing, Simon & Shuster, Highgate Pictures, The Rowland Company, and NBC News.

Publications & Prizes

13th Moon
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Edison Literary Review
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Mad Poets Review
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The Lyric
The Road Not Taken
Prizes won: 

Individual Artist Fellowship, New Jersey State Council on the Arts; 

Teaching Fellowship, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; 

2017 Ekphrasis Prize; 

2017 Pushcart Prize Nominee

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
At Home in the Universe by Stuart Kauffman, Selected Poems by Mary Ruefle, by

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Children, Disability, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers
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Born in: 
New York City, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Long Island, NY
New York
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Last update: Jul 06, 2020