Shannon Sankey is the author of WE RAN RAPTUROUS (The Atlas Review, Forthcoming 2019). She holds an MFA in Poetry and Pedagogy from Chatham University, where she was the Margaret L. Whitford Fellow. She is the recipient of a 2017 Academy of American Poets University & College Prize and a 2019 SAFTA Residency. She founded Stranded Oak Press in 2016 to publish chapbooks by Pittsburgh poets. Her poems and essays have appeared in print and online literary journals. She is a senior-level copywriter and an instructor of creative writing and sustainability. She is based in Morgantown, WV.
We Ran Rapturous
(The Atlas Review, Forthcoming 2019).
“We Ran Rapturous,” “Locus Amoenus” / The Boiler
“Lonesome Errand” / the minnesota review
“Brown House Aubade,” “Grave” / Puerto del Sol
“Hair,” “Hotel Ode” / Sugar House Review
“Bourdain” / Barrelhouse
“Sad Sound” / Storyscape
“Drill” / Glass: A Journal of Poetry (Poets Resist Series)
WATCH: “Infusion,” a short film / Visible Poetry Project
“Miraculous Bird” / SWWIM
“Infusion” / Rogue Agent
“Groundskeeper” / Academy of American Poets
“Women’s Cancer Center” / Hospital Drive
“Haiku for Mara Flanagan” / Post-Gazette
Collected Poems / Route 30 Anthology
“Dream Book” / Pretty Owl Poetry
“Groceries in Carrick” / Pittsburgh Poetry Houses
“On Steps” / City Paper: Chapter & Verse
“Watching My Mother Sleep” / Pittsburgh Poetry Review
“Thorn Street” / The Rectangle
“Inviting the language of new media into the #poem,”
Vanguard: Exercises for the Creative Writing Classroom /
RAIDER Publishing, Texas Tech University (Forthcoming).
Residency, Sundress Academy for the Arts, Knoxville, Tennessee (2019)
University & College Prize, Academy of American Poets (2017)
Honorable Mention, University & College Prize,
Academy of American Poets (2016)
Margaret L. Whitford Fellowship (2015-17)
Gerald Stern Poetry Prize (2015)
Green Scholar Research Assistantship (2014-15)
1st Place, Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Poetry Contest (2013)
Poetry and Pedagogy of Creative Writing. Awarded the 2015-17 Whitford Fellowship.
at YWCA, Allegheny County Jail, and West Virginia Botanic Garden
at Carney+Co., Inventionland, Smith Brothers Agency, and Penn State Fayette
Low-waste lifestyle to drastically reduce landfill waste, minimize plastic waste, and reframe consumption.
Published in online and print literary magazines. BA and MFA in Creative Writing.
Clean, concise, and SEO-conscious copy for web, mobile, and print.
Experience across all platforms to generate traffic, boost engagement, and increase conversions.
Co-Editor of a freelance team with expertise in newspaper, lit-mag, and manuscript editing.
Experience in literacy, composition, and creative writing instruction at the university level and in the community.
Co-Editor of Stranded Oak Press, an independent publisher of poetry chapbooks.
BOOK MY WORKSHOP, “ADOPTING A LOW-WASTE LIFESTYLE”
In late 2016, I began to research and gradually adopt sustainable, zero-waste lifestyle behaviors to dramatically reduce my landfill waste, minimize my reliance on plastic recycling, and reframe my consumption reflexes. My greatest surprise in this process has been the relative simplicity, affordability, and efficiency of changes that benefit me, my community, and the environment.
While considering which of these measures might suit your lifestyle best, consider my privilege and limitations. My disposable income, time, and access to resources contribute to my sustainability successes. My geolocation in West Virginia, along with my chronic illness, contribute to my sustainability challenges. Not every measure will be possible or reasonable for you and your family. And that’s okay! The primary objective is to start thinking about the whats and whys and hows of your consumption.
It’s important to note that making less trash is not particularly revolutionary. Many communities rely on sustainable tools and practices because it’s simply not financially practical to dispose of resources. Your grandmother is familiar with this lifestyle, too. A quick trip to the thrift store and some old-fashioned resourcefulness is enough to get you started.
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I do readings, teach writing and sustainability workshops,
and take freelance copy gigs. I also say hi!