Savren, Shelley 1949–

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Savren, Shelley 1949–


Born June 7, 1949, in Cleveland, OH; daughter of Albert and Helen Savren; married Elijah Imlay (a social worker), July 27, 2006; children: Talia Savren. Education: Ohio State University, B.A., 1973; Central Michigan University, M.A., 1974; Antioch University, Los Angeles, M.F.A., 2006. Religion: Jewish.


Home—Ventura, CA. Office—Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, CA 93033. E-mail—[email protected].


Poet. Gavilan College, Gilroy, CA, part-time teacher, 1975; San Diego Community College District, San Diego, CA, part-time teacher, 1976; Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA, part-time teacher, 1989-92; Oxnard College, Oxnard, CA, member of English faculty, 1992—. University of California, San Diego, extension teacher, 1976. Participant in California Poets in the Schools. Has taught poetry writing workshops in a prison, juvenile justice systems, civic centers, and public, private, and special schools. Gives readings from her works, including tours of U.S. cities; conference presenter and poetry workshop facilitator.


PEN USA, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Poets and Writers, American Academy of Poets, Teachers and Writers Collaborative.


Grants from Community Arts of San Diego, 1977-78, California Arts Council, 1979-93, and National Endowment for the Arts, 1986-89; Adjunct Faculty Award, Southwestern College, 1992; John David Johnson Memorial Poetry Award, Poet, 1994; Mark Dever Full-Time Faculty Award, Oxnard College, 1995; fellow of SouthCoast Writing Project, 1994.



Gathering My Belongings, Greater Golden Hill Poetry Express (San Diego, CA), 1984.

Photo Album, Greater Golden Hill Poetry Express (San Diego, CA), 1987.

The Common Fire, Red Hen Press (Granada Hills, CA), 2004.

Contributor of poetry to many literary magazines, including Hawaii Pacific Review, Poet, Rockhurst Review, Solo, Rattle, Bridges, ArtLife, Askew, Chickasaw Plum, Eclypse, and Prairie Schooner.