B.T. Shaw was born and raised in central Ohio, near her great-grandparents' homestead. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor of science degree in journalism and spent her early career covering politics and the environment for a daily paper in Jacksonville, N.C., home to Camp Lejeune. In 1999, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Washington, where she was a Jacob Javits fellow.
For nearly 15 years, she reviewed books and edited the Poetry column for The Oregonian. She taught writing and literature at Portland State University and the Independent Publishing Resource Center, and a 2002 grant from Literary Arts helped her finish her first collection, This Dirty Little Heart, which was published by Eastern Washington University Press and won the 2007 Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. Her essays and poems have appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Climbing, Field, Tin House, Poetry Northwest, and Orion. In late 2012 she relocated to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Please visit her on the web at bt-shaw.com.
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