Ashleigh Bryant Phillips


"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 (and still lives) in rural Woodland, North Carolina. She attended Meredith College and then earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington where she was a Byington fellow. Ashleigh was chosen by Lauren Groff as the winner of the 2019 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize and her debut short story collection, Sleepovers, is forthcoming from Hub City Press. She's led workshops to fifth graders, undergrads, and senior citizens. And her stories have been nominated for Best of the Net, awarded Best Small Fictions 2019, and taught in creative writing classrooms. She wants to thank you for reading her work. Please, if it makes you feel anything tell others about it. And get in touch at

selected works


Norma [Joyland]
Snowball Jr. [New York Tyrant]
Uncle Elmer [Juked]
Lorene [People Holding]
June Bugs [Empty House Press]
Two Poems [Scalawag]
Shania [The Nervous Breakdown]


Sleepovers [Hobart]
The Light and Stars [X-R-A-Y]
A Most Righteous Roast [Our State]
In Dreams [Vote No on Amendment 1 E-Zine]
Return to the Coondog Castle [Parhelion]


Friday Night, Winter [Instant]
There By Faith I Received My Sight [DrDoctor]
Mine Craft [Show Your Skin]
The Bass [BULL]


The Truth About Miss Katie [Tusk]


Yes, God Heard, I Know He Heard [Talking Book]
Another Day in Paradise [Whitten Sabbatini]
Stella [Clyde Edgerton Crossroads Project]

interviews & readings

w/ The Daily Herald
North Carolina [Fifty Feminist States]
Talking Book House #1 [Talking Book]
Northampton County Women's Kirby Club
Interview & Reading [DrDoctor]
Reading [WHQR]

Music Writing

Chatham Rabbits [Robust Records]
Kate Rhudy
Ryan of Oulipo [City Daze]
Coy/Estrangers/Astro Cowboy/The Tills [City Daze]
Museum Mouth [City Daze]
2014 End of Year List [City Daze]
Astro Cowboy [City Daze]
JC Graves [City Daze]
Kevin of Less Western [City Daze]
Lilac Shadows [City Daze]
Naked Naps [City Daze]
Cat Be Damned [City Daze]
The Pie Face Girls [City Daze]
John of Zack Mexico [City Daze]
Deerhunter [City Daze]
Marc of Ghostt Bllonde [City Daze]
Troy of WOOL [City Daze]
Iggy of The Lollipops [City Daze]
Father John Misty [City Daze]
Hopscotch Music Fest [Indy Week]
Mandolin Orange [Indy Week]
M. Ward [Indy Week]
Other Lives [Indy Week]