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), a finalist for the 2018 Believer Book Awards. 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.




Sept. 22nd @ Brooklyn Book Festival with Jake Skeet and Nick Flynn in Brooklyn, NY

Oct. 3rd @ Mother Foucault’s with James Arthur, Keetje Kuipers and Adele Barclay in Portland, OR

Apr. 17 @ Oregon State University with Walt Moore in Corvallis, OR

press & reviews 

Katherine Preston reviews Spectra for MAKE Magazine

Robert Manaster reviews Spectra for The Massachusetts Review

Believer Book Awards finalist citation for Spectra

Interview with Scott Simon for NPR Weekend Edition

Starred review for Spectra from Publisher's Weekly