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Shilo Previti

Hello! My name is Shilo. I'm a writer and an instructor of writing. I was born near the marshy outskirts of noirish Atlantic City, NJ and raised in a cedar bog during a natural Pygmy Pines wildfire deep in the Pinelands reserve. I have held various jobs on the east coast, including teaching English in county jails, assisting with writing workshops for Murphy Writing, and moonlighting as a waitress & a newspaper deliveryman, but I have recently moved away from the sea to complete a graduate degree in English at the University of North Dakota. Welcome, and I look forward to writing with you.

Bio

I have a degree in Literature with a concentration in Literary Studies from Stockton University (2019) with minors in Ancient Latin, Philosophy, and Writing (creative). I have assisted Murphy Writing of Stockton University with their creative writing workshops and retreats, for four years, in a combination of face-to-face and online-only formats. I have taught eco-poetry workshops abroad (Greece, Cyprus), and I am currently pursuing a Masters in English at the University of North Dakota. In my freetime, when not reading or writing, I enjoy caring for my houseplants, gardening, hiking, and embroidery.

Students of any experience level and all diverse backgrounds will feel welcomed and respected in my classroom spaces. I have lived and worked in the northeast and the upper midwest of the United States, as well as abroad. I bring with me to my poetry workshop and feedback sessions all of my own eclectic life and travel experiences, as well as formal training in writing and the teaching of writing. You don’t have to be a “good writer” to participate in these workshops.

I offer mixed-genre courses, where we’ll explore the foundations of storytelling, imagery, voice, and more in various poetry and prose formats. But I’ll also offer more focused tutorials on poetry and memoir writing – some geared toward children and some geared toward adults, but either of which would be beneficial for beginning or experienced poets and writers. All courses will include free packets of master works to read and discuss, generative and challenging writing assignments, and valuable time for supportive, peer-critique and instructor feedback on drafts.

My Education

University of North Dakota
MA, English (2022)
Stockton University
BA, Literature, Literary Studies - minors: Latin, Philosophy, Writing (2019)

My Experience

University of North Dakota
Graduate Teaching Instructor of English, College Composition I & College Composition II
Stockton University
Text Center Coordinator of Special Programs for Diversity and Outreach
Poiesis In Motion
Co-director, Creative Writing and Translation Workshops
Stockton University Tutoring Center
Head Writing Tutor
Stockton University Educational Opportunity Fund Program
Summer Academy Instructional Assistant, levels I & III of Foundations in College Reading
Murphy Writing Program of Stockton University
Intern, assistant for creative writing workshops and retreats
Middle and High School Classroom Experience
Substitute Instructor, including long term
Petey Greene, NJ Corrections
Volunteer, GED Tutor
Publications
Floodwall Magazine, Stockpot Magazine, In Relief Literary Magazine, Poeticanet, The Journal for the Association of the Study of Australian Literature, and more
Awards
1st place, Audre Lorde Poetry Prize 2020; Runner-up, Mimi Schwartz Creative Nonfiction Prize 2018-9; Honorable Mention, Joeseph Marthan Fiction Award 2019
Performances
7 pieces of Original Work - Hydra, Greece 2018; Betty Putnam by William Carlos Williams at The Salem Witch House in Salem, MA 2019
Color Guard Instructor
Oakcrest HS, New Jersey 2018, 2019 Championships