Ashley Toliver is an American poet and writer. She lives and works in Portland, Ore.

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Ashley Toliver is the author of Spectra (Coffee House Press, September 2018) and a chapbook, Ideal Machine (Poor Claudia, 2014). A poetry editor at Moss.she teaches poetry at the Attic Institute in SE Portland. Her work has been supported by fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts, the Cave Canem Foundation, the Academy of American Poets. She received her MFA from Brown University in 2013. A selection of her poems available online can be found below.




Oct. 10th @ Literary Arts in Portland with Whitenoise Project

Nov. 10th @ Portland Book Festival

Dec. 4th @ Hugo House in Seattle with Lisa Wells & Mohamed Asem

Dec. 6th @ Mother Foucault's in Portland with Lisa Wells & Mohamed Asem

Jan. 17th @ Powell’s in Portland with Alicia Jo Rabins, Allison Cobb, and Hajara Quinn

press & reviews 

Interview with Scott Simon for NPR Weekend Edition

Starred review for Spectra (2018) from Publisher's Weekly

Will Gibson reviews Ideal Machine (2014) for The Poetry Question

Lucas Pingel reviews Ideal Machine (2014) for Heavy Feather Review