Allison Joseph

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Allison Joseph
Allison Joseph in 2008
Allison Joseph in 2008
OccupationPoet, Educator
EducationKenyon College
Indiana University

Allison Joseph (born 1967) is an American poet, editor and professor. She is author of eight poetry collections, most recently, Confessions of a Bare-Faced Woman (Red Hen Press, 2018).


Born in London to parents of Jamaican heritage, Allison Joseph grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and the Bronx.[1] She graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A., and from Indiana University with an M.F.A.[1] She teaches at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and is Director of the Young Writers Workshop at SIUC, which she founded in 1999: a four-day summer program for high school students. Many of SIUC's creative writing faculty and graduate students are involved with the workshop, and the student participants come from several states.[2][3] In 1995, she was one of the founding editors of Crab Orchard Review as the magazine's poetry editor and has worked as editor-in-chief since August 2001. She is also the publisher and founder of No Chair Press.[4] She lives in Carbondale, Illinois.

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 1992 John C. Zacharis First Book Award
  • 2009 Aquarius Press Legacy Award [5]
  • Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council
  • Breadloaf Writers' Conference Fellowship
  • Sewanee Writers' Conference Fellowship
  • Academy of American Poets prize
  • Ruth Lilly Fellowship
  • Associated Writing Programs Prize

Published works[edit]

Full-length poetry collections

  • Confessions of a Barefaced Woman, Red Hen Press. 2018. ISBN 978-1-59709-609-6.
  • My Father's Kites: Poems. Steel Toe Books. 2010. ISBN 978-0-9824169-2-1.
  • Voice: Poems. Mayapple Press. 2009. ISBN 978-0-932412-75-1.
  • Imitation of life: poems. Carnegie Mellon. 2003. ISBN 978-0-88748-386-8.
  • Soul Train. Carnegie Mellon University Press. 1997. ISBN 978-0-88748-247-2.
  • In Every Seam. University of Pittsburgh Press. 1997. ISBN 978-0-8229-3994-8.
  • What Keeps Us Here. Ampersand. 1992. ISBN 978-0-935331-11-0.
  • Worldly Pleasures. WordTech Communications. 2004. ISBN 978-1-932339-12-3.

Anthology publications

  • New Sister Voices: Poetry by American Women of African Descent
  • Pamela Gemin, Paula Sergi, eds. (1999). Boomer Girls: poems by women from the baby boom generation. University of Iowa Press. ISBN 978-0-87745-687-2.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  • Gerald Costanzo, Jim Daniels, eds. (2000). American Poetry: the next generation. Carnegie Mellon University Press. ISBN 978-0-88748-343-1.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)


  1. ^ a b "Allison Joseph Continues Fall Poetry Series", Columbia College, Chicago, October 23, 2003.
  2. ^ "Interview: Perspectives - Spring 2003 - UNBLINKING Interview with Allison Joseph by Marilyn Davis". Archived from the original on 2009-06-14. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
  3. ^ Young Writers Workshop Homepage
  4. ^ "About the Publisher". No Chair Press. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Andrea Hahn (August 20, 2009). "Allison Joseph wins Aquarius Press Legacy Award". The Saluki Times. Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2009-11-07.

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