About Eric Shay Howard


Eric Shay Howard lives in Indianapolis where he teaches English/Language Arts. He’s also worked in the literary community since 2017, when he founded and directed the former literary magazine, Likely Red. He’s currently a graduate student in the Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA in Creative Writing program at Eastern Kentucky University, concentrating in fiction. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Louisville and a Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University. He’s also earned a number of certificates from certificate programs, and is the author of the fiction collection, Crushes.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he edits fiction for various literary journals and magazines, serves as an Alumni Ambassador for Western Governors University, and volunteers on various committees.

He’s worked in IT/administration at a law firm, has served as an Elections Officer for the Jefferson County Elections Center, and served as an Americorps Educator for K-5 students throughout Jefferson County Public Schools.

He blogs in first-person.

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Literary experiences

Eric submits some of his stories to literary magazines and journals and collects rejection letters. After about ten years of rejection letters, he self-published his first short story collection, Crushes, which can found here. He’s had work selected for a University of Louisville Axton Reading Series Masterclass by Michelle Latiolais, received the University of Louisville Creative Writing Scholarship Award, and was a finalist for the Bluegrass Writers Studio Emerging Writer Award. He’s the fiction editor for the 13th issue of the literary journal Jelly Bucket, and was the founder and editor-in-chief of Likely Red Press.

Business Accolades

His business accolades include a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification, a Capstone Excellence Award from Western Governors University for his master’s capstone project, and certificates from the University of South Florida in: project management, workplace wellness foundations, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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