Ashley Jean Granillo is a Mexican-American writer and English educator at many levels. She currently teaches both high school and college-level writers, and in the past, has hosted creative writing workshops for middle schoolers.
A native Los Angeleno, she has her BA and MA in Creative Writing from California State University Northridge, but she got her start as a writer at the age of five when she illustrated and published her first “book" through Telfair Elementary's Book Buddy program in Pacoima, California. Currently, she is an MFA candidate for UCR's Low Residency program in Palm Desert.
When she isn’t writing, Ashley Jean assists her community by volunteering as a local artist judge for their annual Sidewalk Poetry Project. She also reads fiction submissions and writes reviews for The Coachella Review.
Growing up, I never saw myself reflected in any medium. So, I took matters into my own imagination and made-up characters that reflected my experiences as a Mexican-American living in Southern California.
I am particularly drawn to quiet contemporary stories about girls who like to dream big, and who live in small Hispanic communities that most Americans have never heard of.
Because of my background in postmodernism, I gravitate toward decentering and destabilizing tropes in romance and other genres of fiction.
Additionally, I love to experiment with magical realism and surrealist elements, as well as utilize my background in poetry to bring musicality to my prose.