I’m a librarian and poet in Memphis, TN. 

I’ve published poems in excellent journals and participated in the lit world in many ways. I coordinated and hosted the Impossible Language reading series in Memphis, TN from 2013 to 2017. On a good day, I’m working on a full-length book of poems. On any other day, I’m watching a lot of tv and thinking about the past.


Publications & Noteworthy

books & chapbooks

Bright Along the Body, chapbook, Dancing Girl Press, 2017


Cover art and design by April Pierce.

published & forthcoming poems

Southern Women’s Review: “Reckoning for a Body,” “An Apology,”  forthcoming

The Boiler: “Reflection on When I Heard You Were Sober,” “Judith Beheading Holofernes

Rogue Agent: “Ekphrasis

Ghost Proposal: Woman Found Chained in Metal Container,” (with Emma Bolden)

Nightjar Review: The New Year” (Nominated for Best of the Net)

The Fem: In the Event of Conception

About Place, SOUTH Issue: “Memphis Hustle III

Watershed Review: The Barn,” “To My Husband

Public Pool: “If there is a place for bodies to be safe,” “Woman in Bathroom”

The Literary Review: Blessing for the Use of New Houses

Heron Tree: Advice I Would Have Given Myself, If I Had Known” 

Noble / Gas Qtrly: Poem That Can’t Be Another Poem,” “Poem Taking Advantage of Tennessee,” “Poem with an Open Window,” “Memphis Hustle I” 

Bear Review 2.2: “Self-Portrait with Arson,” “Self-Portrait with Fur”

Bone Bouquet“Transition, with Bells and Leaves”

Academy of American Poets: “what you have left

Superstition Review: “Seven of Swords, Reversed,” “sorry about the poem with feathers”

burntdistrict“Green Tongue,” “Something the Previous Owners Never Told Us”

Squaw Valley Review“Text Message Photographs”

Smartish Pace : “Third Summer,” “I’m From Nowhere”

Tinderbox Poetry Journal: Rabbit Fever,” “Wildflowers Poetica

District Lit: what the bed thinks about is the unswept floor” (Nominated for a Pushcart Prize)

Rock & Sling“Red Bird Elegy,” “Poem with a Line by Andrew Freiman”

Midway Journal: Twin Cell

THRUSH Poetry Journal: Starlings

Dunes Review“Suffer Cure”

other writing

Guest Blog, Superstition Review: The Privilege and Anxiety of Catharsis

Review / Stranger, by Adam Clay: Memphis Flyer

Memphis Scene Report (w/Danian Jerry): realpants.com


Writer in Residence: Crosstown Residency Program

Judge – Poetry Contest: Chrysalis, the literary and arts magazine of Ferrum College in Virginia

Featured: Nightjar Review

Featured: The Dean’s List on Make Memphis blog

Writer in Residence: Firefly Farms, Sundress Academy for the Arts

Collaborating Artist: Words Matter, Crosstown Arts

Contributor interview (w/ editor Rebekah Bresee): Rock & Sling blog

Squaw Valley Community of Writers poetry workshop participant, 2014

coordinator / host

Impossible Language Reading Series, 2013 to 2017


The Pinch Literary Journal – 2014 – 2016

Managing Editor – Issue 36.1

Assistant Managing Editor – Issue 35.2

Senior Poetry Editor – Issue 35.1

Senior Poetry Editor / Art Editor – Issue 34.2



I bring my background in poetry writing to instruction and librarianship, creative energy that allows me to design engaging, informed, and user-friendly curriculum. I believe in working with students’ innate curiosity and use backward design, universal design for learning (UDL), the philosophy of critical librarianship, and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy to make lesson plans to meet all students where they learn. I deeply love my job.


  • James E. Ward Instruction Award – Tennessee Library Association, 2018

Conference Presentations


See my LinkedIn profile here.

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Get in Touch

Email / ashleymroach (at) gmail (dot) com