Shelbi earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, Writing in May of 2017 from Dordt College, at the wise old age of 44. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Augsburg University in Minneapolis.

Her work has been published in Pro Rege, Dordt College’s faculty publication; the online journals inallthings.org and fathommag.com; Perspectives/Reformed Journal; The Banner; and the Dordt College Voice.