Allison Joseph

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General Information

Name: Allison Joseph

Born: in London, England

Genre: Poetry



Illinois Connection

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.

Published Works

  • 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

ISBN: 0935331115
Release Date: 1992-12

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Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series)

ISBN: 0887482473
Release Date: 1997-05-05

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In Every Seam (Pitt Poetry Series)

ISBN: 0822939940
Release Date: 1997-04

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Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series)

ISBN: 0887483860
Release Date: 2003-04-01

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Worldly Pleasures

ISBN: 1932339124
Release Date: 2004-01-01

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Voice: Poems

ISBN: 0932412750
Release Date: 2009-01-25

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My Father's Kites

ISBN: 098241692X
Release Date: 2010-02-01

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Literary Awards

  • 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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External Links

Allison Joseph on WorldCat

Allison Joseph on Amazon


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