Born: in London, England
Allison Joseph lives, teaches and writes in Carbondale, Illinois, where she's on the faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Biographical and Professional Information
Joseph is a poet, editor and professor. She grew up in Toronto and the Bronx. She graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A., and from Indiana University with an M.F.A.
Allison began her teaching career at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, teaching there from 1992 until 1994. She then moved to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she founded and became the Director of the Young Writers Workshop at SIUC in 1999. In 1995, she was one of the founding editors of Crab Orchard Review as the magazine's poetry editor and has also worked as editor-in-chief since August 2001.
Along with her seven published books, Joseph's work has been published in numerous anthologies.
- What Keeps Us Here, Ampersand, 1992
- Soul Train, Carnegie Press, 1997
- In Every Seam, Pittsburgh Press, 1997
- Imitation of Life, Carnegie Press, 2002
- Worldly Treasures, WordTech Communications, 2004
- Voice Poems, Mayapple Press, 2009
- My Father's Kites, Steel Toe Books, 2010
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
What Keeps Us Here: Poems
Release Date: 1992-12
Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series)
Release Date: 1997-05-05
In Every Seam (Pitt Poetry Series)
Release Date: 1997-04
Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series)
Release Date: 2003-04-01
Release Date: 2004-01-01
Release Date: 2009-01-25
My Father's Kites
Release Date: 2010-02-01
- 1992 John C. Zacharis First Book Award
- 1997 Illinois Arts Council Literary Award
- 2009 Aquarius Press Legacy Award
- Breadloaf Writers' Conference Fellowship
- Sewanee Writers' Conference Fellowship
- Academy of American Poets prize
- Ruth Lilly Fellowship
- Associated Writing Programs Prize
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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