About Ashley Memory

Ashley with sculpture

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Wind by Johnpaul Harris

A former city dweller, I now live with my husband, the sculptor, Johnpaul Harris, in the wilds of southwestern Randolph County where I wake to the arpeggio of the pileated woodpecker. On any given day you may find me either making jam or poking around an abandoned cemetery imagining the lives of the people sleeping under my feet. My poetry and Pushcart-Prize nominated prose have appeared in The Naugatuck River Review, The Thomas Wolfe Review, Pinesong, Wildlife in North Carolina, Romantic Homes and numerous other literary journals.

I see myself as a story teller, first and foremost. Although I began dipping my quill into the ink of fiction, this form ended up lighting the way to poetry. Because of its brevity and concentration on individual words, poetry has sharpened my writing and allowed me to more quickly reveal the emotional core of the story.

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.

My favorite authors include Anton Chekhov, William Trevor, Flannery O’Connor, Shirley Jackson, and lately, 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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