Shelly Oria was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Israel. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Shelly’s fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Quarterly West, cream city review, and fivechapters among other places. She curates the series Sweet! Actors Reading Writers in the East Village, teaches fiction at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and is the co-producer of Literary Death Match Tel Aviv. Shelly was awarded the 2008 Indiana Review Fiction Prize for her story “New York 1, Tel Aviv 0,” and is currently completing her first story collection, which carries the same title. She is represented by Janklow & Nesbit Associates in New York. Listen to her read “Fully Zipped” at the Franklin Park Reading Series in October 2010.
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