Julia Shipley is an independent journalist and author of The Academy of Hay, winner of the 2014 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize and Adam’s Mark, named a Best Book of 2014 by the The Boston Globe. Winner of the 2006 Ralph Nading Hill Award and two-time recipient of Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Fund grants, she was also awarded The Frost Place’s Grace Paley Poetry Fellowship, as well as fellowships to The Center for Book Arts and The Studios at Key West. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, A3 Review, AGNI, Alimentum: The Literature of Food, Barrelhouse, Burnside Review, Cincinnati Review, Canary, Cogzine, Colorado Review, Collagist, Colorado Review, Consequence, CutBank, December, FIELD, Fourth Genre, Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, Harvard Review online, Matter: Journal of Creative Compressed Arts, Museum of Americana, New Limestone Review, North American Review, Plume, Poetry, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner online, RiverTeeth, The Rumpus, Salamander, Terrain.org, The Toast, Verse Daily, Whole Terrain and elsewhere.
A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, she earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Education traveling throughout the western regions of United States with the Audubon Expedition Institute. Throughout her twenties she worked on organic farms in the Northeast operating as CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), and for the last decade she’s tended the soil on her homestead in Vermont. Hence her work is often obsessively concerned with place, the fate of landscapes, agrarian ideals, and stories that track things from germination through their harvest and beyond. The former Director of Writing Studies at Sterling College, she’s now a contributing editor to Yankee Magazine — where her work has twice been a finalist for a Cities and Regional Magazine Award, a contributing writer for Seven Days: Vermont’s Independent Weekly and a featured contributor for Nieman Storyboard.
Her story, “The Giving Tree”
was named a notable essay in the Best American Science and Nature Writing of 2017.
Additionally, her column for Yankee Magazine, The Farmer’s Life
was twice a finalist for a Cities and Regional Magazines Award. Her writing has also been a finalist for the Bechtel Award from Teachers and Writers
and the Curt Johnson Prose Award from December Magazine
. As well, her features have appeared in American Forests, BELT: Dispatches from the Rust Belt, Burlington Free Press, New Farmer’s Almanac, Northern Woodlands, Orion Magazine, Old Farmer’s Almanac, Stowe Guide, The Magazine, Vermont Magazine, Vermont Life, Utne Reader
Interviews with Julia and episodes exploring her thoughts on craft have been included in: Whole Terrain and this joy + ride and North American Review.
You can find her poems about sewing pins in Poetry, matchbooks in Harvard Review online, glass eyes in 32 Poems, a porcupine in The Collagist, bees in RiverTeeth and unique landmarks on the way to her farm in Museum of Americana.