Ashton, Sally L.
Lecturer AY-A, English
Lecturer, English and Comparative Literature
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M/W 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, 2011-2013
- Master of Fine Arts.
Bennington College, 2003
- Bachelor of Arts, English/Creative Writing Minor
CSU-San Jose, California, United States, 2001
Sally Ashton is a poet, writer, teacher, and Editor-in-Chief of the DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art. She earned her MFA in Poetry and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars.
She is the recipient of an Artist Fellowship, Poetry, from Arts Council Silicon Valley and is the author of three collections of poetry, two of which were nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Poems also appear in the textbook, An Introduction to the Prose Poem, and Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes, as well as in literary journals such as Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, 5am, Mississippi Review, and Poet Lore.
Ashton was appointed the second Santa Clara County Poet Laureate on April 1, 2011, and is in the midst of her two year term. Her first project was to compile a collection of the favorite poems of County residents that she is posting on a project blog. She also hosted a series of public readings of these poems throughout the county. Her project for 2012 is Poetry on the Move, a contest for county residents culminating in winning poems placed in county buses and light rail cars. (www.poetlaureateblog.org )
Besides teaching at San Jose State University, she teaches private workshops and at writer’s workshops including Disquiet: An International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. http://disquietinternational.org/program/program
She has a keen interest in the intersection of the arts and in the relation of image to word.