In a Nutshell

Ashley Carranza resides in Las Vegas where she writes fiction, personal essays, popular culture academia, and pedagogy. She tries... really hard. In addition to writing, she is a Spam and Twinkie-loving gym enthusiast. She lives in a world of paradox. 


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Academic  Publications

Our Fears Made Manifest: Essays on Terror, Trauma, and Loss in Film, 1998-2019


Chapter included: "ParaNormative: Pressures on Sexuality Within Society in ParaNorman"

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Uncovering Stranger Things

Contributing author: "The Rebirth of King's Children"
McFarland Publishers, Inc. 2018

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Theories and Strategies for Teaching Creative Writing Online

Contributing author : "Using Flash Fiction as a Pedagogical Tool in Teaching Creative Writing Online"

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Fiction Publications

2020- Children's Book World of Whiskers by Ashley Carranza and Maria Azar

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2019- "Julian Goes on a Date With a Really Old Man"- Helen UnIncorporated

2019- "Jesus Christ, Super Star DJ"- Entropy 2

2017- "Julian Goes on a Date With a Really Old Man"- Beautiful Losers

2017- "Julian Learns a Lesson at the T.G.I. Friday's"- Maudlin House

2016- "The Old Lady Makes a Break for It"- Flash Fiction Magazine

2015- "Cork Art"- Postcard Shorts


DASH Literary Journal

2013- Fiction Editor/Reader

Helen: a literary magazine

2015-2018- Contributing Editor/Fiction reader

101 Words

2016-2018- Editor

PopMeC Research Blog

Current- Peer Reviewer (Horror, popular culture, American film, Stephen King studies)


Sierra Nevada College – M.Ed


English Language Acquisition Development

California State University, Fullerton – M.A.


English/Concentration on Creative Writing. Certificate in Higher Education-Teaching Composition and Rhetoric.

California State University, Fullerton – B.A.


English. Teaching Certificate- Secondary Education, English/Language Arts



Far West PCA/ACA Regional- February, Las Vegas, NV. Panel Organizer/Chair/Presenter- Cultural Issues in Film 1998-2020. Paper presented: "ParaNormative: Pressures on Sexuality within Society in ParaNorman"


PCA/ACA National- March, Indianapolis, IN. Paper presented: "The Rebirth of King's Children"


PCA/ACA Summer Research Institute- March, Bowling Green University, OH.


PAMLA Regional- May, Riverside, CA. Paper presented: "ParaNormative: Pressures on Sexuality Within Society in ParaNorman"


PCA/ACA National- April, Chicago, IL. Paper presented: "Why I Am Jamie Lee Curtis"

PCA/ACA Regional- February,  Albuquerque, NM. Paper presented: "Zombies, Xenophobia, and the Never-Ending Battle with 'The Other'"



Journalism Education Association



Twitter @ashleyjcarranza


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