I’m a freelance journalist in the Bay Area. I also offer copywriting services (web copy, content writing, email newsletters, ghost blogging, print copy). Sometimes I tweet. You can reach me at shelby@shelbypope.com and if you want occasional updates on what I’ve been writing and my current enthusiasms, subscribe to my newsletter.


    • The Electric Forest Acid Testers” (Pacific Standard) Your ecstasy is actually bath salts, your coke is actually meth, your LSD is actually a dangerous new research chemical. The Bunk Police don’t care if you do drugs—they just want you to test them first.
    • The Mozart of Fly Casting” (The New York Times) Maxine McCormick began fly casting when she was 9 years old. At 14, she has back-to-back world titles.
    • The Dumpling That Comforts Poland” (BBC) Pierogi, a mainstay of the Polish diet since the 17th Century, remains both a nostalgic dish and a way for chefs to flex their creative muscle.