About Ashley Memory

Ashley with sculpture

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Wind by Johnpaul Harris

A former city dweller, I live with my husband, the sculptor, Johnpaul Harris, in the wilds of southwestern Randolph County where I am fortunate enough to wake to the arpeggio of the pileated woodpecker soaring overhead. When I’m not musing on a metaphor, I’ll either be making jam or poking around an abandoned cemetery imagining the lives of the people sleeping under my feet.

Don’t miss “Waiting for the Wood Thrush,” my first poetry collection, which will be published later this year by Finishing Line Press.

“Memory’s poems are fully human, and therefore fully real; they are moral poems, in that they lift the reader to a higher level of appreciation for the human world and the world of nature.” ~ Joyce S. Brown, author of the poetry collection Vital Signs, Orchard Street Press and former instructor, Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars

“Ashley Memory’s poems take matters of the soul and make them breathable. She does what a poet must—she takes what hurts in life and makes us laugh, sigh, think, then turn the page. The hurting, of course, doesn’t go away, but “Waiting for the Wood Thrush” reminds us of the whole brilliant spectrum of emotion that poetry brings us.” ~ Matt Swain, Co-founder and Poetry Editor of Turnpike Magazine

“Witty, wise, overflowing with life and color, grace, and the goodness in our lives.  You go from the natural world, to how to see a ghost to an antiques fair to sin town. What joy! What word pleasure! Read and remember, then read again.” ~ Ruth Moose, Pushcart Prize-winning author of two novels, four collections of short stories and six collections of poetry, including Tea and The Librarian.

My poetry and prose have appeared in many journals and magazines, including  Naugatuck River Review, The Thomas Wolfe Review, Pinesong, Wildlife in North Carolina, and Romantic Homes. Eureka Literary Magazine nominated my story Tamarisk, for a Pushcart Prize, and I’ve won the Doris Betts Fiction Prize sponsored by the N.C. Writers’ Network twice.

One of my specialties is humor. Recent pieces include my essay, What She’s Thinking, (Women on Writing, April 2018) and To-Do List of a First-Time Teleworker, which earned first place in the 2017 Carolina Woman Writing Contest. Other humorous shorts include Running with the Bulls (Hardball Times, January 2018) and All-Inclusive Vacation for Pessimists (Brilliant Flash Fiction, September 2015).

My first novel, Naked and Hungry, was named a finalist in the  2009 James Jones First Novel Fellowship competition sponsored by Wilkes University and was published in 2011 by Ingalls Publishing Group. Library Journal named Naked and Hungry one of the season’s most promising debut novels for Fall 2011.

My favorite authors include Anton Chekhov, William Trevor, Flannery O’Connor, Shirley Jackson, and the poets Billy Collins, Jane Kenyon, Rachel Wetzsteone, and Charles Simic. Just to name a few….

Ashley’s Goodreads Author Profile. 


7 thoughts on “About Ashley Memory

  1. Judy Smith

    Hi Ashley,
    I’m thrilled and impressed. I happened to see the announcement of your book talk in the N&O at Fearington (mcIntyre) yesterday. Unfortunately it was late afternoon so my attendance was out of the question. Also I have been laid low by sciatica which seems to be chronic and renders me unable to walk very well without pain. I can drive however, so I’m not completely housebound. I retired about 5 years ago and did some traveling (Spain, Morocco, and Portugal). All those cobblestones about did me in.
    I’m glad to see you are working in Chapel Hill. I couldn’t wait to leave Duke.
    Keep in touch.
    Maybe we can get together for lunch sometime.

    Love to you,

    Judy (Smith)

  2. Geri Krott

    We were delighted to receive an autographed copy of ‘Naked and Hungry’ from your mother-in-law, and our great friend, Sarah. What a delightful read. I LOVED this book and am anxious to read your next accomplishment, ‘Born Again, Dead Again’.

    1. Ashley Memory Post author

      Geri, thank you for the kind note! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the book; it has been a fun project. I hope you are having a great New Year and I will keep you posted on “Born Again, Dead Again!”

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  4. samjayfox

    Hi Ashley,

    Congrats on being a finalist in the Ron Rash Awards! I was a finalist in the same competition. Just wanted to make a shout out. Wishing you well!

    Samuel J Fox


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