Hello! I’m Ashley

Writer Ashley Kalagian BluntI’m an award-winning writer. My articles and essays explore direct-to-brain digital text streaming for McSweeney’s, growing up with the digital revolution for Griffith Reviewtravelling in North Korea for Kill Your Darlings and the world history of genocide for the Sydney Review of Books.

My Armenian travel memoir was shortlisted for the 2017 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award, and received a 2015 Varuna Fellowship.

I write regularly for the Newtown Review of Books and The Cusp, and recently completed a Master of Research in creative writing. I’m working on a manuscript entitled How To Be Australian. This project received a 2017 KSP Fellowship.

I’ve appeared at Story Club, the National Young Writers’ Festival, and Noted.

Full of Donkey
The Armenian language lacks the a sound ‘Ashley’ requires. (This pronunciation issue is why flash mobs in Armenia become the rather more intimidating ‘flesh mobs.’) So when I traveled to Armenia, everybody called me Eshley. Unfortunately, esh means donkey, and the suffix -li means full of. I was, in Armenian, Full of Donkey.