City Books welcomed Shannon Reed to Shelf Life in Season 4. Shannon is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker‘s “Shouts and Murmurs” and “Daily Shouts” columns, as well as to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. For Buzzfeed, she wrote the (in)famous piece, “If Jane Austen Got Feedback From Some Guy in a Writing Workshop” among other work. Her essays have been published in Guernica, Vela, Longreads, Ozy, The Guardian, LitHub, Vulture, and The Washington Post. Her fiction appeared in Mud River Journal, Kweli Journal and Litro Fiction, among others.
Her plays have been performed or read in New York, Pittsburgh, Denver, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. Shannon is proud to be a Teaching Artist for City Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction from Pitt, an MA in Educational Theatre/Teaching Secondary English from NYU, and a BFA in Theatre: Acting and Directing from Otterbein University.
Before joining the faculty at Pitt as a Visiting Lecturer, Shannon taught in the New York City public school system. Her first book, Why Did I Get a B?: And Other Mysteries We’re Discussing in the Faculty Lounge, will be published in July 2020 and is available for pre-order through City Books.