Ashley was born in Baltimore, Maryland and is currently matriculating at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she majors in African Studies. Ashley is a recipient of the 2007 and 2006 Margaret Walker Prize for fiction, a Vermont Studio Center Fellow and an alumna of the Hurston Wright Writer’s Workshop. She has been accepted to literary workshops at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the North Country Institute for Writers of Color - Valcour Retreat. Her fiction has been published in Drum Voices Review and in journals at Cornell and Howard Universities. Her winning submission was Maya’s First Flight.