Thursday, June 16, 5 pm
Ashleigh Bell Pedersen
@ the Fishers Island Library
We are welcoming back our first fellow, Ashleigh Bell Pedersen, for a reading from her recently published book The Crocodile Bride. Lauded by Fiona Mozley for the NY Times, who writes “The brackish setting allows for anger, fear, love, and despair to all be felt as one. And the author delicately handles the messy union between human culpability and generational damage” The Crocodile Bride is at once a heartbreakingly tender coming-of-age tale and a lyrical, haunting reflection on generational trauma. Reminiscent of Jesmyn Ward and Helen Oyeyemi, Ashleigh is a promising new voice in American fiction.
Born and raised in Virginia, Ashleigh holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ashleigh’s fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, and New Stories from the South, and has been shortlisted for a Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories. Her short story “Crocodile” won the 2020 Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest. Her writing is represented by Jon Curzon at Artellus Ltd, and her novel The Crocodile Bride debuts on Hub City Press in May 2022. Ashleigh is also an actress, a sometimes-painter, and a cancer survivor still searching for truthful ways to express that experience—not least of which have included acting, painting, and (of course) writing.
Ashleigh lives in Brooklyn, NY, with Ernie, her sweet pitbull mix.