Ashley Cowger, M.F.A.

Ashley Cowger, M.F.A.
Associate Teaching Professor of Technical Writing and Composition, School of Humanities
Program Chair, Bachelor of Humanities in English
Program Coordinator, Minor in English
Olmsted Building, W355P

Cowger is an award winning fiction writer whose short fiction has appeared in numerous national and international literary journals. Her work has thrice been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize, and her short story collection, Peter Never Came, was awarded the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize. She has also published articles on children’s literature and creative writing pedagogical theory. Her teaching experience ranges from teaching introductory creative writing and fiction workshops to teaching composition, technical writing, and literature courses, and she has also worked as a tutor and an interim co-director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Writing Center. Her teaching awards include Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant from the University of Alaska Fairbanks English Department and the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from Zane State College.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs
  • Educational Testing Services
  • Creative Writing
  • Children's Literature
  • Horror (Literature, Television, and Films)

Peter Never Came, short story collection, published through Autumn House Press (January 2011)

"A Very Nice Visit," short fiction, broadcast on the Bound Off podcast (Special 8th Anniversary, Editors' Edition, Spring 2014)

"Ursula," short fiction, published in Quarter After Eight (Spring 2013)

"Hair," short fiction, broadcast on the Bound Off podcast (Fall 2012)

Review of Destroy All Monsters by Greg Hrbek, published in Necessary Fiction (Winter 2012)

Review of How to Stop Loving Someone by Joan Connor, published in Necessary Fiction (Fall 2011)

"Eradicating Reviser's Block: Bringing Revision to the Foreground," scholarly essay, published in the anthology Dispatches from the Classroom, Continuum Books (Fall 2011)

"The Choice," short fiction, published in Storyglossia (Spring 2011)

"Shades of Blue," short fiction, broadcast on the Bound Off podcast (Fall 2010)

"What If You Married That Guy?" short fiction, published in Metal Scratches (Summer 2010)

"The Things We Take and the Things We Leave Behind," short fiction, published in Fast Forward (Summer 2010)

"From 'Pretty Nearly Perfectly Happy' to 'the Depths of Despair': Mania and Depression in L. M. Montgomery's Anne Series," literary criticism, published in The Lion and the Unicorn (Spring 2010)

"Passion, Pain and Politics," Review of Out of the Silence by Wendy James, published in Antipodes (Winter 2010)

"Interpretations of Aurora," short fiction, published in Etchings (Winter 2010)

"8 Stories I'll Never Tell," short fiction, published in Pedestal Magazine (Fall 2009)

"Nobody, Too," short fiction, published in Ampersand Review (Summer 2009)

"The Number One," short fiction, published in New Ohio Review (Spring 2009)

"Peter Never Came," short fiction, published in Compass Rose (Spring 2008)

"Of Quicksand Mats and Peaceful Meditation," short fiction, published in 34th Parallel (Spring 2008)

M.F.A. (Alaska)

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