Allison Joseph

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Allison Joseph (born 1967) is an American poet, editor and professor. She is author of six poetry collections, most recently, My Father's Kites: Poems (Steel Toe Books, 2010).

Allison Joseph


Born in London to parents of Jamaican heritage, Allison Joseph grew up in Toronto, 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 also worked as editor-in-chief since August 2001. She lives in Carbondale, Illinois.

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 1992 John C. Zacharis First Book Award
  • 2009 Aquarius Press Legacy Award [4]
  • 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

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. 
  • Gerald Costanzo, Jim Daniels, eds. (2000). American Poetry: the next generation. Carnegie Mellon University Press. ISBN 978-0-88748-343-1. 


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