Ashlee Adams

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Ashlee Adams Crews (born September 22, 1976) is an American fiction writer who typically incorporates her rural Middle Georgia roots in her works of literature.


Crews was born and raised just outside Sandersville, Georgia. The city promotes itself as “the Kaolin Capital of the World”, in recognition of one of Georgia’s most important minerals, kaolin, a white, alumina-silicate clay.[1] Crews earned an English degree from the University of Georgia and later earned an MFA in Creative Writing[2] from Georgia College and State University. She currently lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband and two daughters and has taught composition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The fictionalized version of her hometown plays a key role in many of her stories as her characters seek to find a sense of home somewhere between the place they know and the greater world that they seek to discover.

Ashlee Crews has published several short stories and is currently writing her first novel. Her story “Bird Feed” appears in McSweeney’s issue #27[3] and won a Pushcart Prize in 2010.[4] “Called Out” appears in The Southern Review, Autumn 2010.[5] Her story “Bull of the Woods” appears in Prairie Schooner,[6] Summer 2011. Her story “Restoration”[7] was published in Shenandoah in February 2012.

Her story "Church Time" won the 2011 James Hurst Prize for Fiction,[8] sponsored by North Carolina State University and judged by Ron Rash. "Church Time" was published by Southwest Review in Volume 98, Number 1.[9]

Her story "Church Time" also won the 2013 McGinnis-Richie Award for fiction.[10] The award is given out by the Southwest Review.

Her short story collection "Called Out" was named a finalist for the 2012 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.[11]

Crews was named a 2013 winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation[12] Writers' Award.[13]


  1. ^ Official website - City of Sandersville, Georgia Archived November 23, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Alumni News". Georgia College. Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "McSweeney's Issue 27". Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Pushcart Prize. 2010. 
  5. ^ "Our Library - The Southern Review". Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Summer 2011 contributors". Prairie Schooner. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Retrieved 26 September 2011. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Shenandoah, Issue 61, Number 2". 
  8. ^ "James Hurst Prize for Fiction". 
  9. ^ "Southwest Review, Volume 98, Number 1" (PDF). 
  10. ^ "SWR McGinnis-Richie Award 2013". 
  11. ^ "UGA Press Blogspot". 
  12. ^ "The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards 2016". Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards 2016". Retrieved 8 November 2016.