"Ashleigh’s prose often holds an incantatory crispness that, while I read along, lulled me into forgetting that I was reading. These stories derive their power from an almost unbearable dramatic irony and an equally deep hunger for human connection and compassion. Most of all, however, I responded to a palpable sense of fearlessness. I see in this collection a steely writer, one deeply moved by her place and her people, but also fully committed to the truth no matter how dark or difficult or complicated it may be.” — Lauren Groff, New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies.
“The literary love child of Carson McCullers and John the Baptist, Ashleigh Bryant Phillips’s imagination is profoundly original and private." — Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat.
“Ashleigh's stories are filled with a tremendous sense of humanity that’s nuanced and not derived from any other story — I love reading them, I'm energized by them.” — Robert Anthony Siegel, author of the essay collection Criminals.
“Ashleigh has helped me understand what writers are trying to do— time and place can be mixed up together, and if done right, the story sings to not only rural readers, but everyone. She has helped me understand that the South nurtures people and wounds people. She writes with love and precision."— Clyde Edgerton, novelist, Guggenheim fellow and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
Ashleigh Bryant Phillips grew up in rural Woodland, North Carolina and is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland. She's a graduate of Meredith College and earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington where she was a Byington fellow. Her debut collection, SLEEPOVERS, was chosen by Lauren Groff as the winner of the 2019 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize and is forthcoming from Hub City Press in May 2020. You can preorder it here
Ashleigh also teaches fiction at West Virginia Wesleyan College's low residency MFA and offers short story, essay, and manuscript editing.
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