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Welcome, Ashley!

Ashley Ford, writer

Today, I’m so excited to introduce our new contributing writer, Ashley Ford. She’s made a couple cameos on Cup of Jo this year, when she wrote a beautiful essay about weighing more than her boyfriend and shared her fantastic week of outfits. We adore her funny, thoughtful way of looking at the world and were lucky enough to entice her to join our team this fall. I can’t wait to share more of her pieces with you. Here are some fun facts about her…

Her backstory:

Ashley grew up in Indiana, as the oldest of four children. (“I’m a born-and-bred Hoosier,” she says.) Since moving to New York three and a half years ago, she has worked for all kinds of places — big media companies, small media companies, foundations, arts non-profits, etc. She has contributed to publications including The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine and Refinery29, and she taught creative non-fiction writing at The New School. Now, she’s writing a book, hosting a TV show and two podcasts, and planning a wedding. “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but I’m enjoying myself,” says Ashley. She currently lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn, with her fiancé Kelly, all their books, and the one plant she has yet to kill. “Of course,” she says, “It’s a succulent.”

Lightning Round Q. & A.

Favorite book: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, An Untamed State by Roxane Gay, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. But I love SO MANY books. I could go on and on and on.

TV obsession: I’m currently enjoying Stranger Things, but The Golden Girls is my forever jam. I will always love and watch it.

Favorite podcast: This is so hard! I listen to so many! Can I do a top three? Another Round, ReplyAll and The NoSleep Podcast.

A random pet peeve: Putting ketchup on fries instead of on the side. I have a thing about food-to-condiment ratios, and this ruins it from jump.

Next on her travel wish list: So many places. I actually didn’t have the resources, opportunities or confidence to travel much in my twenties, but I’m trying to make up for that now. A few days after we got engaged, Kelly and I left for a two-week trip in Italy. It was the most magnificent trip I had ever been on in my entire life. The food, the people, the hotels, THE WINE! I’ve always liked being on the go, but it’s hard when you don’t grow up in a family that travels. My parents have never been on an airplane. That’s something I’m really wanting to change over the rest of my life. I want everybody in my family to get on a plane, at least once.

What she makes for dinner when she’s home alone: A cheese plate. Before Kel and I lived together, I probably had cheese for dinner once a week. But he eats like a Midwesterner: meat, bread and beer.

Three New York recommendations: 1. Eat 2. People watch in Prospect Park. 3. Walk the bridges in the spring and fall.

Personal fun fact: I have an endless abiding love for Kenny Loggins.

A few more pics of Ashley…

Ashley Ford and her fiance Kelly

Ashley with her fiancé Kelly.

Ashley Ford in Rome

About to battle a tiger at the Colosseum in Rome.

Ashley Ford, writer

Trying out gold lipstick.

Ashley Ford, writer

At her desk at home.

Thank you so much, Ashley! We’re so excited to have you.

(Top portrait by Christine Han for Cup of Jo. Ashley and Kelly portrait by Gail Werner. Rome and lipstick photos from Ashley’s Instagram. Desk photo by Edith Young for Man Repeller.)

  1. I love that it’s “Kelly the FIANCE” now!! Can’t wait to read more from Ashley! She’s a great writer!

  2. Alison D. says...

    I don’t know how I’m justing seeing this now! But I’m so so excited. Ashley’s essay and week of outfits have been two of my favorite posts (I’m still dreaming about her yellow dress!). Welcome!

  3. Welcome Ashley!
    That gold lipstick is to.die.for.

  4. Rachel says...

    I’m so happy Ashley is officially joining the team. I absolutely LOVED her essay about her body and relationship. I’ve read it a few times and just re-read. It made me smile when I read she and Kelly are now engaged :)

  5. sadie says...

    Yay! I loved her Week of Outfits and her body essay. :-D <3

  6. Paige says...

    That gold lipstick looks absolutely fantastic on her! Looking forward to more of her writing <3

  7. Erica Milsom says...

    Excited that you are here. I’ve loved all your contributions thus far.

  8. K. Wefler says...

    I have been reading Cup of Jo since the very beginning of time and worked with Ashley very briefly in Indianapolis – I love her writing, her voice, and her perspective and am so thrilled she is on here!

  9. Welcome, Ashley. I’m so excited to hear your voice here!

  10. Emily says...

    Woohoo, look forward to thoughts from another Hoosier :)

  11. elizabeth terry says...

    I’m sorry to be comment #354 (I think that # is correct) because I’d like to hae been the first to say how thrilled I am that this amazing woman is getting the accolades, recognition, & appreciation she deserves! When I read an interview with her in Cup of Jo perhaps 2 or 3 months ago, I was so smitten by her & energized by her approach to life that I posted my first ever comment on a non-pet-rescue related blog/website. I don’t know how much longer I can keep going because my depression is probably going to win & sooner rather than later, but reading about folks like Ashley & Linda Rodin make me feel almost joyous & give me a sliver of hope for a better life. Ashley, you are a truly a glorious addition to the world around you!

    • Jessica says...

      Sending you love & strength. There is life after depression, I promise.

  12. Carmen says...

    I’m so excited and here for this! Brava!

  13. Molly K says...

    I agree with everything everyone’s saying, haha! I am SO excited that you hired Ashley. I loved her essay and her personality that came through in the week of outfits post about her. Also, I read Walk Two Moons when I was younger and I loved it so much. I should read it again.

  14. Rachel says...

    This make me SO SO happy. Happy you’re here, Ashley!

  15. lauren says...

    Yay! Ashley sounds amazing and I can’t wait to see what pieces she contributes. Congratulations!

  16. I am SO excited to see she’s on your team! I loved her essay! And she has my two fave shows listed. I fall asleep to Golden Girls almost every night (usually to get something more spooky like Stranger Things out of my head, hehe). Can’t wait to read more from you, Ashley!

    xx, Alexandra

  17. Katie N. says...

    Just read your essay, Ashley, and it resonated in so many ways. I love your style of writing, simple and heartfelt. Welcome!

  18. Alyssa says...

    Gahhh im so excited for her posts :)

  19. Sofy says...

    Ahha, I remember that post about weighing more than her bf!

  20. Stephanie says...

    I love walk two moons and have never ever meet someone who knows what book I am talking about. Glad someone else also loved it! For any child who has lost a parent this is such a lovely book, it helped me to know that other kids also went through the same emotions.

  21. Amy H says...

    I remember those previous posts, they were awesome! Looking forward to reading more from this cool lady. :)

  22. Aimeedaddi says...

    Yes!!!!!!!

  23. Sasha says...

    So happy to see Ashley here! Welcome :)

    Excited to hear your voice and point of view and experiences and ideas. Awesome addition coj! !

  24. Danielle says...

    Yay! I loved her essay. Looking forward for more.

  25. Megan` says...

    Yes! I love Ashley! A recent episode of “The Longest Shortest Time” podcast about her dad was riveting, and I’ve loved her work on Cup of Jo, the only blog I read everyday :)

    • Amelia McLear says...

      Oh my gosh, that was an amazing episode! That’s for making that connection. So excited Ashley is joining and can’t wait to read more of her work.

  26. Laura says...

    How wonderful! After her outfit post I went down a wormhole reading all of her wonderful essays. Hers is a name I always keep an eye out for on the interests, will be a perfect addition to coj!

  27. the cape on the corner says...

    could ashley do a post about her italy trip? full of logistics? i am looking for tips these days, as we are also going for two weeks in the spring.
    thanks, and welcome!
    b

  28. Jennifer O. says...

    Welcome Ashley! Also, you rock the gold lipstick

  29. Amy H. says...

    Ashley, this is the first time I’ve seen/read your work. So impressed with your writing/topics…Love your style (clothing) and sweet smile. While I don’t share the same political views of CoJ, I keep coming back to this wonderful blog because of interesting/diverse/uplifting topics. Looking forward to more work from you.

  30. M. Frawley says...

    Yes!! I am such a fan and always feel so drawn in by her words.

    Double Yes to the gold lipstick!!!

  31. Emily says...

    I adored Walk Two Moons when I read it as a kid, now I want to revisit it!

  32. Meg says...

    Agh! I am kind of in love and this is so exciting. Congrats Ashley and Cup of Jo for all that’s to come! You all are the best. xo

  33. Anela says...

    Yay! I’m excited to see more from her!

  34. Kathryn says...

    Welcome, Ashley! This news made me so happy as I really enjoyed your previous articles on the site. Excited to read more from you :)

  35. Resi says...

    Welcome Ashley! Looking forward to read more from you.
    It was so fun to see Gail (Werner) listed as one of the photographers of your photos – I used to follow her blog and actually met her when she was in Berlin, Germany, for work. Small world!

  36. Sadie says...

    Hooray!!! I’ve seen Ashley’s work around the internet and I’m so excited to be able to read more of her work in this space! Awesome hire! -Longtime reader from Mpls

  37. Lexi says...

    Yay! I remember the essay and the outfits post. Loved her and so glad to be hearing more from her.

  38. Jessica Castillo says...

    YASSSS! Girl, yes!!! I love Ashley and her writing.

  39. Sara says...

    I’m a huge fan of Ashley Ford’s writing. Great news!

  40. Casey says...

    That gold lipstick looks great on her!

    • Jackie says...

      Agreed!

  41. Jessica says...

    Ashley seems absolutely wonderful! Can’t wait to read more from her! :)