Julia Ridley Smith’s short stories and essays have appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, American Literary Review, Arts and Letters, the Carolina Quarterly, Chelsea, Ecotone, Electric Literature, the Greensboro Review, the New England Review, Southern Cultures, and The Southern Review, among other places. Her book and art reviews have been published in Art Papers, Our State, the Raleigh News and Observer, and elsewhere.
Julia teaches in the English Department at UNC Greensboro and is editor of Inch magazine and associate editor at Bull City Press. She worked for almost twenty years as a freelance editor of academic books for university presses.
A firm believer that art is for everyone and helps people build stronger communities, she enjoys giving tours as a volunteer docent at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. She is also helping to organize the second annual Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival, which will take place May 17-19, 2019.
Julia has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Tennessee Williams Scholar in fiction at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, artist-in-residence at the Millay Colony, and Crossfield Fellow at the Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency. She’s also been the grateful recipient of grants from the Durham Arts Council, Nash County Arts, and the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro. Her short stories “Delta Foxtrot” (Greensboro Review) and “Mrs. DeVry, Why Do You Cry” (Southern Cultures) were both nominated for Pushcart Prizes.
A North Carolina native, Julia earned a BA in English at UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives with her family in Greensboro.
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