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.

Have you heard the magical voice of the wood thrush this summer? Don’t miss “Waiting for the Wood Thrush,” my first poetry collection, which is currently available for presale online through 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

Read more about Waiting for the Wood Thrush.

Later this summer, my poem “Afternoon on Lick Creek Road” will appear as a “Poem of Merit” in Third Wednesday Magazine. Other new poems out this month include “Pulling Up the Blackberry Bushes” (O.Henry, July 2019), “September Raspberry” and “What the Weeds in My Yard Taught Me About Social Justice” (Gyroscope Review, Summer 2019 Issue). Also in July, my short essay “Lunar Eclipse, July 5-6, 1982” appears in Mental Papercuts. In the fall, Flying Ketchup Press will publish my short story “Sunday Afternoon Cocktails” in the Tales from the Dream Zone anthology.

Other recent pieces include “How to Chop Onions Without Crying” (Women on Writing, 1st Place Quarterly Creative Nonfiction Contest, 4/19) and Dear Derinda (Women on Writing, 1st Place Winner, Flash Fiction, Summer 2018). Other humorous shorts include What She’s Thinking, (Women on Writing, 4/18), To-Do List of a First-Time Teleworker, (1st Place, 2017 Carolina Woman Writing Contest), Running with the Bulls (Hardball Times, January 2018) and All-Inclusive Vacation for Pessimists (Brilliant Flash Fiction, September 2015).

My poetry and prose have appeared in many journals, magazines and anthologies, 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. 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 “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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