ASHLEY TAYLOR is a poet, director, and educator who designs collaborative writing spaces and performing arts events. Ashley is the author of The Metamorphosis of Narcissus, part of a chaplet series by queer and trans poets from Damaged Goods Press, 2019. Their writing has been honored with a 2020 Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and a 2020 Lambda Literary Fellowship Award from Sundress Academy for the Arts. You can find their poems in Tiny Spoon, Yes Poetry, Crab Fat Magazine, Vagabond City, Transom, Peculiar, and Out/Cast. Ashley is the current managing editor of TRANSOM


MFA Spalding University ⋅ 2021

  • Creative Writing ⋅ Poetry

  • Abroad in Santiago, Chile ⋅ 2019

  • Abroad in Kyoto, Japan ⋅ 2018

  • Emerging Writer Scholarship

  • Student Editor of Good River Review

MA  University of Louisville ⋅ 2018

  • English ⋅ Graduate Teaching Assistantship

  • Instructor of ENG 101, 102, 202

  • Graduate Dean’s Citation Award

  • Creative Writing Award for Poetry

  • Scholarship Award for Excellence in Creative Writing

  • Graduate Editor of Miracle Monocle

BA  University of Louisville ⋅ 2014

  • English ⋅ Linguistics Minor

  • Poetry Editor of The White Squirrel

  • Completed Metro College UPS Program



Writing Center and Tutoring Experience

  • Facilitator. UofL LGBTQ+ Creative Writing Group ⋅ 2018-2019
  • Consultant. University of Louisville Writing Center ⋅ 2016-2017
  • Mentor. Sarabande Writing Labs ⋅ Sarabande Books ⋅ 2015

Small Group Discussion Example

  • How do we experience images?
  • How do images and figurative language work together?

Community Writing Webinar Example

  • “Embracing Multitudes: On Imagination and Imagery in Poetry”

Community Writing Workshop Example

  • “In Other Words: Poetry Workshop, Reading, and Exhibit”

Academic Curriculum Design for English 101, 102, 202

  • First-Year Composition and Introduction to Creative Writing 

Presentations, Fellowships, Workshops, and Awards