The Behaviour of Clocks
Sally Ashton is editor-in-chief of DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art. She teaches creative writing at San Jose State University and has also taught through the UC Santa Cruz Extension. She has led more than 100 workshops including with Disquiet: International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal.
Writing across genres, in collaboration with artists, and specializing in short prose forms, she has published in Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, as well as in Brevity, Drunken Boat, Los Angeles Review of Books, Poet Lore, Poetry Flash, Rattle, and Zyzzyva. Her work also appears in the textbook anthology An Introduction to the Prose Poem, in Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes, and in the best-seller Poems for the 99 Percent.
She is the author of three collections, These Metallic Days (2005), in Main Street Rag's Editor's Choice Chapbook Series); Her Name Is Juanita (2009), nominated for a Pushcart Prize; and Some Odd Afternoon (2010), her first full-length collection, with selections nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She also is assistant editor of They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (2018).
She was the founding director of the California Poets Festival in San Jose (2007 and 2008), which was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She served as Santa Clara County's Poet Laureate 2011-2013. Her other honors include fellowships from Arts Council Silicon Valley and a Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo Arts Center. In addition, two of her poems were selected for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2011, and she won first prize in the 2014 Fish Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by Fish Publishing, Dublin, Ireland.
Sally Ashton Online
Check out Sally's website.
Watch the NBC news segement featuring Sally's appointment as Poet Laureate.
Read a review of Sally's first full-length collection, Some Odd Afternoon.
Enjoy two poems and a voice recording from Drunken Boat, Issue 23.
Books by Sally Ashton
Edited Collections of Poetry
They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writings (Black Lawrence Press, 2018)