Ellen Adams is currently revising a novel and developing a book-length work of non-fiction.
She was recently selected Ploughshares' Emerging Writer in Nonfiction, judged by Meghan Daum.
Ellen Adams' fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Southern Humanities Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Southwest Review, The Brooklyn Review, Electric Literature, Singapore Art Museum’s 8Q, and The Literary Review. Her writing about contemporary art has been featured in various galleries.
She holds an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College, where she received the Lainoff Prize. Her short story “Quit Your Hiding” received the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction.
She is a former resident of Hedgebrook and was a member of Brooklyn’s PowderKeg. In 2017, she will be in residencies at Drop Forge & Tool in Hudson, NY and University of Lethbridge's Gushul Studio. In 2018, she will be a writer-in-residence at the Sointula Art Shed.
A selection of previous publications can be found below. For a more extensive bibliography, please see Ellen Adams’ CV.
“The Something I Am Telling You,” Ploughshares, forthcoming
“Military Coup Matching Quiz,” Kenyon Review Online, forthcoming
“I Lose My Grandfather in a Class on Scent,” Black Warrior Review, forthcoming in issue 44.1
"If We Learn from Our Targets," The Carolina Quarterly, forthcoming
"They Say When I Turn 60, You'll Be in Your 70s," Southern Humanities Review, forthcoming
“After the Coup,” Crazyhorse, issue 90 [PDF featured on Crazyhorse‘s site]
“Quit Your Hiding,” The Southwest Review, issue 99.1 [PDF]
“No Dining Together,” Exhibition Text, Gallery Seescape, Chiang Mai, Thailand [PDF]
“Review: Hanging Man: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei,” Electric Literature [READ HERE]
“Zodiac in the House of Element,” Exhibition Text, Pongnoi Community Art Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand [PDF]
“Interview with Darin Strauss,” The Brooklyn Review, issue 30 [PDF]
“Opening for 64 Distinct Harmony 56,” Le Cool – Bangkok, 19 October [READ HERE]
“I Will Not Be Basque Again,” The Literary Review, issue 50.1 [PDF]
“Torlarp Larpjaroensook’s Bookshelf,”Catalogue Essay, Singapore Art Museum / 8Q [PDF]
Awards, Grants, Residencies
Sointula Art Shed Residency, 2018
Ploughshares' Emerging Writer in Nonfiction, judged by Meghan Daum, 2017
Gushul Studio Residency, Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Lethbridge, 2017
Drop Forge & Tool Creative Residency, Hudson, NY, 2017
Finalist, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s Fremont Bridge Writer Residency and Grant, 2016
McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction, 2015
Fulbright Full Research Grant, 2013-2014
Lainoff Prize for Fiction, 2013
Brooklyn College MFA Funding, 2011
Hedgebrook Summer Writing Residency, 2011
Princeton Center for the Study of Religion Research Fellowship, 2009-2010
Mary Quaintance ’84 Fund for the Creative Arts Award, Princeton Creative Writing Faculty, 2009
Hendricks Fund Grant, Princeton, 2008
Outstanding Work by a Freshman, Princeton Creative Writing Faculty, 2007
Point Scholar, 2006-2010
Ojai Poetry Festival Honorable Mention, 2005
Utne Independent Press Award Nominee, 2002
Teaching and Workshops
Ellen Adams works one-on-one with both fiction and non-fiction writers. She has also taught zine-making workshops for high school students.
In 2018, she will teach a fiction workshop as writer-in-residence at the Sointula Art Shed.
In person and at a distance, she currently works with several emerging prose writers. Please reach out via email if you might be interested in working together in your own creative endeavors.
From 2001 to 2005, Ellen Adams published and distributed two print zines, first GUMSHOE MONKEY, then SEPTEMBER COMING SOON. She published ten issues under each title.
Her zines were nominated for an Utne Independent Press Award.
Made of prose, poetry, swingset reviews, and comics, the zines were sold at independent press shops, including Baltimore’s Atomic Books, and featured in Zine World and Xerography Debt. Ellen later worked as a reviewer for Xerography Debt and kept a zine library at the Thacher School in Ojai, California.
Although now out of print, GUMSHOE MONKEY and SEPTEMBER COMING SOON can be accessed through Salt Lake City Public Library’s zine collection, the Denver Zine Library and Barnard’s zine collection.