About Ashley

16-06-14 Robert Rosaro

At my window alter. Photo by Robert Rosario

Ashley Young is a Black Queer feminist poet, author, teacher and tarot reader. Their work has been published in three anthologies, Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press), All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color (University of Wisconsin Press) and Glitter and Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Femme Galaxy (Portland Studio). They are a contributor at Elixher magazine and has been featured in various online magazines, such as Autostraddle, Rvkvry Journal and more. They are 2010 Voices of Our Nation’s Foundation Poetry Fellow and a 2011 Lambda Literary Foundation Nonfiction Fellow, to return summer of 2016. She has taught her biomythography workshop at the Fire and Ink Conference in 2015 and at the Northeast Queer and Trans Conference at NYU. They performs their work at various readings throughout the country and performed their first solo show at Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe and Activist Center in New York City. They are currently working on a collection of poetry and prose entitled Chronicles of Bipolar Living and is completing their first novel, a biomythography entitled The Liberation of the Black Unicorn. Ashley lives in Brooklyn, NY with a badass Italian and two sweet cats. 


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