Shelley Puhak

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Baltimore, MD

Author's Bio

Shelley Puhak is the author of two books of poetry, the more recent of which is Guinevere in Baltimore. Her poems have appeared in Cincinnati Review, Missouri Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and Verse Daily. 
Her essays have been selected as Notables in Best American Essays and reprinted in Best American Travel Writing. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Atlantic, Creative Nonfiction, The Iowa Review, and VQR. 

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Best American Travel Writing (Mariner Books, 2017)


A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press, 2012)
Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology (Split Oak Press, 2012)
Guinevere in Baltimore (Waywiser Press, 2013)
Stalin in Aruba (Black Lawrence Press, 2009)
The Consolation of Fairy Tales (Split Oak Press, 2011)
Prizes won: 

Anthony Hecht Prize; Towson University Prize for Literature; two grants from the Maryland State Arts Council

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Last update: May 29, 2020