“When you reach that beautiful moment in life—when you’re completely open & honest—that’s when you give birth to poetry”

About The Red Shoe Poet

Shawn Aveningo - Black Beret

Shawn Aveningo [Sanders] is a globally published, award-winning poet who can’t stand the taste of coconut, eats pistachios daily and loves shoes … especially red ones! She’s a Pushcart nominee, Best of the Net nominee, co-founder of The Poetry Box publishing, managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon and former journal designer for VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices and visions

She was voted Best Female Poet in 2009 in the Sacramento News & Review and  awarded first place in the inaugural El Dorado County Slam Championship in April 2013. She also won first place in the Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest in 2012 and was a finalist in the Annual Benicia Love Poetry Contest in 2014.

Shawn founded and hosted the “Verse on the Vine” poetry show for two years in Folsom, CA (www.VerseOnTheVine.com) and has been a featured poet in Sacramento, Grass Valley, San Francisco, Sausalito, Seattle, Kirkland, St. Louis and Portland.

Shawn shares the creative life with her husband, Robert, in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. She is a Show-Me girl originally from Missouri who graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Maryland and is a very proud mother of Jimmy, Ashley and Nicole.


Recently Published …

Poetry by Shawn Aveningo

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First Snow Following the Election

There’s a hush—a stillness—
that muffles the groundswell,
as flurries flutter and whiteness
blankets our sleep. We weep
for truth, its heartbreaking loss
akin to a missing dog from our youth.
Our boots etch fractals in fresh powder
and we search our neighbor’s eyes
for a sign—hoping we are still
on the same side.

“First Snow After the Election” was first published in 2016 in Writer’s Resist.

[ More Poetry . . .]


“Widely known poet Shawn Aveningo’s work is deceptively simple, very accessible and often quite a bit of fun. Her sobriquet of “The Red Shoe Poet” reflects her love of footwear, but the mother of twin girls also writes about issues of kinship, love, introspection and familial relationships. Aveningo hosted  a year-round poetry gathering in Folsom called “Verse on the Vine” and has been published extensively around the country. She is particularly know for erotic imagery and earned the title of best female poet in Sacramento in 2009.”

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Honorable Mention: “Erasure Poem #72” by Shawn Aveningo Sanders, Beaverton, OR


Judge’s comments:

“Erasure Poem #72” gathers meaning from the scattered remnants of a passage in a Tom Robbins novel, and is a tour de force of its challenging genre. 

Pepper Trail

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Contact Shawn, The Red Shoe Poet

If you would like more information about booking Shawn Aveningo  for your next Poetry Reading, to spice up your special event, or just want to send some fan mail, please feel free to Email or call/text (530)409-0721.

Red Shoe Poet is currently based in Beaverton, Oregon and performs mainly in the the Portland Region. However, she may be available for venues in California, Washington and elsewhere
if her schedule allows.