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About Shinelle Espaillat

Shinelle L. Espaillat is a writer who teaches at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY. She is a 2023-2024 Baldwin for the Arts Fellow, and a 2022 Kimbilio Fellow. Her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes. She earned an M.A. in Fiction from Temple University. 


"That Girl," 
Pleiades Magazine, forthcoming

"But Did You Die?"
Torch Literary Arts, September 2022

"Water Wars"
Tahoma Literary Review, November 2020
Audio version

"American Summer"
Republished in Minerva Rising: The Keeping Room, July 2020

"Speck in the Expanse"
Two Hawks Quarterly, June 2020

"American Summer" 
Minerva Rising, Spring 2019

"Emily Rose"
Ghost Parachute, February 1, 2018

"Last Seen"​
Ghost Parachute, March 1, 2017

"That One Bonnie Raitt Song"
The Westchester Review, July 1, 2017

"They Will Call Her Shaya"
Shale: Extreme Fiction for Extreme Conditions/Texture Press, September 1, 2015
A collection of short fiction edited by Susan Smith Nash, Nathan Leslie, Valerie Fox and Arlene Ang 

"Turning Left" 
Midway Journal, April 2011

Masks and Icons 
Cleaver Magazine, November 1, 2015

Nothing In-Between
Cleaver Magazine, September 1, 2014

Bilateral Asymmetry 
Cleaver Magazine, August 1, 2014

Cleaver Magazine, April 1, 2014

Cardboard Piano 
Cleaver Magazine, January 1, 2014

The Aversive Clause 
Cleaver Magazine, August 1, 2013

Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice 
Cleaver Magazine, June 28, 2013

Practical Applications 
Cleaver Magazine, May 16, 2013

"Comp and Circumstance" 
How Higher Education Feels: Commentaries on Poems That Illuminate Emotions in Learning and Teaching/Sense Publishers, July 1, 2016

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