Ashley Kunsa

Contact Information

Assistant Professor
Phone: 406.657.1118
Office: Morledge-Kimball Hall 222


Ashley Kunsa came to Rocky in 2017 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she completed a PhD in English literature with a focus on contemporary American literature—specifically war literature. Prior to this, she earned an MFA in fiction writing from Penn State University and a master of library science from the University of Pittsburgh.

At Rocky, Ashley runs The Reading Series @ RMC, which brings local and regional writers to campus, and serves as faculty advisor for The Rocky Mountain Review, the annual student-run journal that publishes RMC student writing and art. She also organizes end-of-semester student readings, hosts the Writers-in-Progress (WIP) series featuring creative writing capstone students, and initiated a creative writing contest that takes place during the fall semester.

Ashley’s fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and literary scholarship have been widely published in venues such as The Writer magazine, Blue Mesa Review, juked, the Los Angeles Review, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, and Sycamore Review. She is a recipient of the A Room of Her Own Foundation Orlando prize for flash fiction and tied for first place for the inaugural Experimental Essay Prize from Eastern Iowa Review.

Courses Taught

  • ENG 119: First-Year Writing Seminar
  • ENG 122: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 204: Introductory Poetry Writing Workshop
  • ENG 205: Introductory Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop
  • ENG 206: Introductory Fiction Writing Workshop
  • ENG 343: Readings in Contemporary Poetry
  • ENG 376: Advanced Fiction Writing
  • ENG 418: Writing & Publishing in New York City
  • ENG 482: Creative Writing Capstone
  • ENG 491: Literary Journal I
  • ENG 493: Literary Journal II


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