Ashley Mace Havird

Poet, Fiction Writer

Shreveport, LA 71104
318 426-2696

Author's Bio

Ashley Mace Havird grew up on a tobacco farm in South Carolina. Her debut novel, Lightningstruck (Mercer University Press, 2016), won the 2015 Ferrol Sams Award and was named an Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society. Current Poet Laureate of Caddo Parish, Louisiana (2018-2020), Ashley has published three collections of poems, including The Garden of the Fugitives (Texas Review Press, 2014), which won the 2013 X. J. Kennedy Prize. Her poems and short stories have appeared in many journals including Shenandoah, The Southern Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as in anthologies such as The Southern Poetry Anthology, IV: Louisiana, Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry, and Nasty Women Poets, An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. She lives with her husband, the poet David Havird, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Visit her at

Publications & Prizes


Lightningstruck (Mercer University Press, 2016)


The Garden of the Fugitives (Texas Review Press, 2014)
Sleeping with Animals (Yellow Flag Press, 2013)
Dirt Eaters (Stepping Stones Press, 2009)
Prizes won: 

Poet Laureate of Caddo Parish, 2018-2021.

Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) Artist Fellowship in Literature (Poetry), 2018, 2007, 2000     ($2500).

Literary Winner, Shreveport Regional Arts Council Critical Mass 4, for novel, Lightningstruck, 2016     ($2000).

Winner, Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction, for Lightningstruck, 2015.

Finalist (one of five, 385 entries), Leapfrog Fiction Contest, for novel, An Old Horse Named Troy      

            (renamed Lightningstruck), June 2014.

X. J. Kennedy Prize for Full Poetry Collection, Texas Review Press, 2013.

South Carolina Poetry Initiative Chapbook Award, 2008.

Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2002.

Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in Literature (Poetry), 2002 ($5000).



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European American
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Madison, WI
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Marion, SC
South Carolina
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Last update: May 21, 2019