Noah Ashenhurst grew up in Boulder, Colorado and moved to Washington to attend Western Washington University where he earned a BA in history. After graduation, Noah moved back to Colorado where he worked various odd jobs--office clerk, landscaper, carpenter, "janitor," and SAT tutor--and eventually enrolled at the University of Colorado to earn his professional teaching certification. In 2001, he moved back to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Noah's first novel, Comfort Food, won the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Regional Fiction (West-Pacific). His short fiction has appeared in Absinthe Revival, Apparatus Magazine, The Autumn Sound Review, Beyond the Margins: A Literature and Art Magazine,  Brittle Star (UK), and Write This. Noah has taught various subjects at the secondary level, and he now teaches English and social studies classes in Olympia, Washington. He earned his MFA from Rainier Writing Workshop (PLU), and he is working on his second novel.

         Noah Ashenhurst

                                                                          author and teacher