Cara Blue Adams’s stories have appeared in Narrative, The Missouri Review, The Sun, The Kenyon Review, EPOCH, and The Mississippi Review, among other magazines. She has been awarded The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize and the Missouri Review Peden Prize and named one of Narrative’s 15 Below 30. She 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. Her nonfiction and criticism has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Essay Daily, and The Little Magazine in America: A Contemporary Guide.
Before joining the faculty at Coastal Carolina, she spent seven years as a literary editor, including five 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 Coordinator of Creative Writing, she 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.