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Renee Ashley, American Creative writing instructor, consultant. Fellow New Jersey State Council Arts, 1985, 89, 94, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1990, McDowell Colony, Peterborogh, N.H., 1993-1994, National Education Association, 1997-1998; grantee Poets and Writers, Inc., 1986, New York State Council Arts, 1986;recipient Washington prize in poetry Word Works, Inc., 1986, Literature Excellence award, Kenyon Review, 1990, 92.


Ashley, Renee was born on August 10, 1949 in Palo Alto, California, United States.


Bachelor in English with honors, San Francisco State University, 1979. Bachelor in French, San Francisco State University, 1979. Bachelor in World and Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University, 1979.

Master of Arts, San Francisco State University, 1981.


Instructor creative writing, West Milford (New Jersey) Cmty. School, 1983-1985;creative writing instructor, consultant artist residencies, Rockland Center for Arts, West Nyack, New York, since 1985. Adjunct Professor of English division William Paterson College, 1995-1997, committee artsdivsn.

Ramapo College, Mahwah, New Jersey, 1989-1993. Visiting poet Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, since 1987, Morris Area Council on Arts, 1989-1991. On site evaluator New Jersey State Council on Arts, since 1989, Bergen County (New Jersey) Department Cultural and History Affairs, since 1990.

Lecturer in field.


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    • Author: Salt, 1991 (Brittingham prize in Poetry 1991), The Various Reasons of Light, 1998, The Revisionist's Dream, 2001, Someplace Like This, 2003. Contributor to anthologies including Touching Fire: Erotic Writings by Women, 1989, What's a Nice Girl Like You?, 1992, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, 1994, Dog Music, 1996, (textbook) Writing Poems, 1995, The Breath of Parted Lips, Volunteer II, 2004. Contributor to American Voice, Antioch Review, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry.


Assistant poetry coordinator Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, since 1997. Member Modern Language Association, Academy American Poets, Poetry Society American (Ruth Lake Memorial award 1987, Robert H. Winner award 1989), National Council Teachers English.