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, 2018) and a chapbook, Ideal Machine (Poor Claudia, 2014). She teaches poetry at the The Attic Institute in southeast Portland and serves as poetry editor at Moss. A Journal of the Pacific Northwest. Her work has been supported by fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets. She received her MFA from Brown University in 2013. A selection of poems available online can be found below.




Feb. 6th @ Literary Arts in Portland for One Page with Kate Grey

Mar. 23rd + 24th @ TreeFort Music Festival in Boise

Mar. 27th @ AWP in Portland with Ada Limon, Akil Kumarasamy + Cinelle Barnes

Mar. 28th @ Portland Northwest College of Art for Tender Table with Diana Khoi Nguyen and Amy Lam

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