Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : May 29th 2012 to Jun 15th 2012 | Jul 15th 2013 to Aug 11th 2013 | Apr 7th 2017 to Apr 22nd 2017
  • PRACTICE : Poetry
  • FROM : USA

Sally Ashton is a poet, writer, teacher, and Editor-in-Chief of the DMQ Review(, an online journal featuring poetry and art. She earned her MFA in Poetry and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Ashton served as the second Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, 2011-2013.

She is the recipient of an Artist Fellowship, Poetry, from Arts Council Silicon Valley and is the author of three collections of poetry, two of which were nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Poems also appear in An Introduction to the Prose Poem, and Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes, as well as in literary journals such as Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, 5am, Mississippi Review and Poet Lore.

Besides teaching at San Jose State University, she is a popular teacher of private workshops and at writer’s workshops including Disquiet: An International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal.

She has a keen interest in the intersection of the arts and in the relation of image to word. Her current project considers shifts in perceptions of time, space, and identity through the prism of network theory.

Ashton has three grown children and lives in Los Gatos, CA with her husband, Frank.