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Adrian Ellen Blevins, American writer, educator. Recipient Rona Jaffe Writers Foundation award, 2002.


Blevins, Adrian Ellen was born on June 21, 1964 in Abingdon, Virginia, United States. Daughter of Tedd Blevins and Phebe Fullerton Cress.


She graduated with a BA from Virginia Intermont College, a MA in Fiction from Hollins University, and a MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College in 2002.


Author of three collections of poetry, her most recent is. She taught at Roanoke College, Hollins University, and teaches at Colby College and lives in Waterville, Maine. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares.

She has published personal essays in The Utne Reader, Salon, and the now-defunct Internet magazine, Conversely. Live from the Homesick Jamboree is a brave, brash, funny, and tragic hue and cry on growing up female during the 1970s, “when everything was always so awash” that the speaker finds herself adrift among adults who act like children. The book moves from adolescence through a dry-eyed, poignant exploration of two marriages, motherhood, and the larger world, with the headlong perceptiveness and brio characteristic of Adrian Blevins’s work.


  • 2007 Walter E. Daken Fellowship, Sewanee Writers Conference2004 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for The Brass Girl Brouhaha2002 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Foundation Award2000 Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction from The Chattahoochee Review1996 Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award for The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes, which was reprinted in 1997.


Married Nathaniel Rudy. Children: August children: Weston Church, Benjamin Church.

Tedd Blevins

Phebe Fullerton Cress

Nathaniel Rudy

August children: Weston Church Blevins

Benjamin Church Blevins