Ellen Adams writes fiction, essays, and songs, with a particular interest in the unexpected doorways between kinship and estrangement.
Her work has been published by Crazyhorse, The Southwest Review, TLR, Singapore Art Museum and The Brooklyn Review, and her writing about contemporary art has been featured in various galleries. Her short story “Quit Your Hiding” won the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction. New essays are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review and Kenyon Review Online.
She grew up in Spokane, Washington, a short drive from the Idaho border and Coeur d’Alene Lake. She played her first concert in her early teens. She has since called the following places home: Paris, New York, Granada, the Ojai valley, and Chiang Mai, Thailand.
She studied Comparative Literature, Urban Studies and Creative Writing at Princeton University. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College, where she received the Lainoff Prize.
She is a former resident of Hedgebrook and was a member of Brooklyn’s PowderKeg. In 2017, she will be hosted by University of Lethbridge's Faculty of Fine Arts' residency program at Gushul Studio. In 2018, she will be a writer-in-residence at Sointula Art Shed, where she will also lead a fiction workshop.
She has taught literature and media at Payap University and writing at Brooklyn College, as well as zine workshops to high school students.
Adams returned to Thailand as a 2013-2014 Fulbright grantee to research politically engaged Thai contemporary art.
Within the development sector, her work as a speechwriter has been featured in keynote addresses for academic and scientific symposiums.
Adams lives and works in Seattle, Washington, where she records and performs her music regularly. She is revising a novel and developing a book-length work of non-fiction.
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