Cara Blue Adams’s stories have appeared in Narrative, The Missouri Review, The Sun, and The Kenyon Review, among other magazines, and are forthcoming in EPOCH and The Mississippi Review. She has been awarded The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize, judged by Alice Hoffman; named one of Narrative’s 15 Below 30; and honored as a finalist for The Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize in Fiction. Her nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Essay Daily, and The Little Magazine in America: A Contemporary Guide. Adams is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Before joining the faculty at Coastal Carolina, Adams spent seven years as a literary editor, including four and half years on the editorial staff of The Southern Review, where she served as managing editor from 2008–2011 and as editor from 2011–2013. Work she edited has been published in or selected as notable by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, The Best American Travel Writing, The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Mystery Stories, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories.
As Interim Coordinator of Creative Writing, Adams directs Coastal Carolina’s creative writing minor. She is also the editor of CCU’s national literary journal, Waccamaw. She holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and a BA from Smith College.