Ashley Bethard is a writer based in Dayton, Ohio. Her essays, stories, and poems have been published in Catapult, VIDA Review, The Rumpus, PANK Magazine, Hobart, Fanzine, and others. See a list of published work here.

In 2022, she was recognized with an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council for her nonfiction writing.

An attendee of the 2019 Tin House Winter Workshop, she was awarded the Ohioana Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant in 2017. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Ashland University (’10). In 2016, she was named to Newspaper Association of America’s “30 Under 30” list

She has spoken at several conferences and workshops, including Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, Antioch Writer’s Mini-Workshops, ArtStreet at the University of Dayton, and the Ohio Newspaper Association Conference. 

She has worked with the following publications in an editorial capacity: Midwestern GothicSpecter Literary Magazine, River Teeth, and Peripheral Surveys: A Postmodern Journal of Literature, Arts and Humanism.

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  1. Hi Ashley,
    I attended your social media workshop at books & co. I have a question. I was thinking about starting a blog with some of my humor columns, but would they be considered to be published works? I do not want to disqualify myself from the Erma Bombeck contest.
    Lynn Albracht

  2. Dear Ashley,

    I just wanted to share my condolences and understand the pain of losing a brother to a heroin overdose. I lost my 34 year old brother (also an addict) to an overdose as well. It is a loss that has marked my life indelibly. Writing about it is a great catharsis and reaches others grappling with the same pain. Thanks for sharing.

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