Aurora Shimshak

Pronouns: she/her


Year Admitted: 2023


Aurora Shimshak is from southwestern Wisconsin. Currently a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition, her first academic interests were in creative writing. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Shenandoah, and The Offing, among others. She holds an MFA in poetry from UW-Madison and an MFA in creative nonfiction from UNC Wilmington. Her poetry manuscript was a finalist for Milkweed’s Ballard Spahr prize.


Creative writing pedagogy, Carceral literacies, the connection between drawing and writing

Degree and Institution

MFA, University of Wisconsin – Madison
MFA, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Selected Publications

“Little Mother”, The Offing, 2023.