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Ellen Adams

Princeton University

Comparative Literature



With Point Foundation’s support, Ellen Adams graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors from Princeton University, where she studied Comparative Literature, Urban Studies, and Creative Writing. While at Princeton, she served as a lead LGBTQ peer educator and an officer for several campus organizations, including the Transgender Taskforce and Pride Alliance. While an undergraduate, she received the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence, the Mary Quaintance ’84 Fund for the Creative Arts Award, a Center for the Study of Religion Fellowship, and her work in fiction garnered awards from Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing. After graduation, she became a Princeton-in-Asia fellow, teaching literature, media, and language at a Thai university. In the years since, she earned an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College, then received a Fulbright grant to research politically-engaged Thai contemporary art. She was named Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer in Nonfiction, and her writing regularly appears in national publications such as Black Warrior ReviewKenyon Review OnlineCrazyhorse, and Southwest Review, among others. Adams also composes, performs, and records her own music as a singer-songwriter. She now lives in Seattle, where she works in global programs at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in addition to revising a novel and developing a book-length work of nonfiction. Ellen remains deeply grateful for the support of her fellow scholars and the wider Point Foundation family during and after her undergraduate years. She continues to give back to the organization as an alum, including mentoring a current scholar. Photo: Rafael Soldi  

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