Green, Shawna


Shawna Green is originally from a small Appalachian town in West Virginia where she grew up with her two brothers and a sister. Her blue-collar, working-class roots are often the source of many of her stories and continue to inspire her creative energy.

Shawna is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department for The Ohio State University. She has been teaching writing for nearly eighteen years and continues to enjoy sharing her passion and her stories. She has a Master of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Shawna worked as a software engineer for a number of years before returning to school to pursue her love of literature and writing and soon discovered the distance between the sciences and the literary was not as cavernous as she first imagined.

She now has a happy home in the classroom and in creative nonfiction. To that end, she has been aggressively pursuing her creative nonfiction work by joining a writing group, reading memoirs, and returning, once again, to the classroom as a student herself. Finding cohorts who share her interests and enthusiasm has been exciting and inspirational. Her discoveries have convinced her it’s time to share the stories of those she’s known, loved, and perhaps feared.