Shelley Thrasher, professor emerita of English, began writing poetry in the 1970s. In the early ’80s, she spent two summers at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, where she studied under poets Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Gary Snyder, Anne Waldman, Pat Donegan, and Diane di Prima. In the mid-’80s, she attended the Feminist Women Writers Workshop near Ithaca, New York, where she studied with Judy Grahn and other talented women. She’s been writing and publishing poetry ever since, when the mood strikes her.
Shelley has been an editor of LGBT fiction since 2004 and has published three novels: The Storm (2012), First Tango in Paris (2014), and Autumn Spring (2015), which was a Lambda Literary finalist in the Lesbian Romance category. She’s currently writing a fourth novel.
A native Texan, she has traveled the world and lives in East Texas with her wife Connie, their two dogs, cat, and parrot. She enjoys working in the yard, traveling, and socializing with members of the LGBT community.