Portland State University
Writing and Literature faculty

B.T. Shaw studied journalism at University of Oregon and spent her early career covering politics and the environment for a daily paper in Jacksonville, N.C. In 1999, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Washington, where she was a Jacob Javits fellow. She reviews books and edits the Poetry column for The Oregonian and teaches writing and literature at Portland State University and the Independent Publishing Resource Center. 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, and Orion.