Ellen Adams writes fiction, essays, and songs, with a particular interest in the unexpected doorways between kinship and estrangement.
She was recently selected Ploughshares' Emerging Writer in Nonfiction, judged by Meghan Daum. She is a 2018 Elizabeth George Foundation grantee.
Her work appears or is forthcoming in the following publications: Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, and Singapore Art Museum, among others. Her short story “Quit Your Hiding” won the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction. Her writing about contemporary art has been featured in various galleries.
Adams has held residencies at Hedgebrook, Drop Forge & Tool, and University of Lethbridge's Gushul Studio. She is a former member of Brooklyn’s PowderKeg. In 2018, she will be a writer-in-residence at Sointula Art Shed, where she will also lead a fiction workshop.
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 went on to research politically engaged Thai contemporary art as a Fulbright grantee.
She has taught literature and media at Payap University and writing at Brooklyn College, as well as zine workshops to high school students.
Within the development sector, her work as a speechwriter has been featured in keynote addresses for academic and scientific symposiums.
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.
Adams now 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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