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Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne

October 19, Copley Square
Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne is a novelist, essayist, and journalist whose reports on public health have appeared in the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, the Boston Globe Magazine, and GlobalPost. A former editor at the Atlantic, she is a graduate of both Amherst College and GrubStreet’s MFA–level Novel Incubator program, where she worked on her debut novel. That book, Holding On To Nothing, hailed by author Bret Anthony Johnson as “a gripping story of love and place, of the small choices and large passions that determine our lives, of the gorgeous hope that tomorrow will bring something solid and sturdy,” follows one drunken mistake between the two main characters that affects their entire lives. Shelburne is also the author of “Killing In The Name Of…,” an essay about how deer hunting sprung a feminist awakening, anthologized in Click!: How We Knew We Were Feminists. Her short story “Any Other Kind” was published at the Broad River Review, where she was a finalist for its Rash Award. Her short fiction has also been long-listed for the Manchester Fiction Prize.