Dorothy Allison

  Called “one of the finest writers of her generation” by the Boston Globe and "simply stunning" by the New York Times Book Review, Dorothy Allison was born in Greenville, South Carolina. She now makes her home in Northern California where she lives with her partner Alix Layman, and their son, Wolf. Member of the Board of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and a past member of the boards of  both PEN International and Feminists for Academic Freedom, Allison has taught at some of the most prestigious universities in the country. She continues to be a sought after lecturer and teacher.

    Fall & Spring 2016: Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence, Austin Peay State University.
    April 2016: Inducted into South Carolina Academy of Authors.
    December 2015: Keynote Hands On Festival, New Orleans, LA
    November 2013: Mentor & Instructor, Hugo House, Seattle, WA.
    October 2012: Society for the Study of American Women Writers Keynote.
    September 2013: Feminisms and Rhetorics conference Ninth biennial at Stanford University.
    March 2013: Swarthmore: A voice like thunder, a text in whispers. Master class in performance.
    May 2013: Vortex Women Writers Retreat at Hedgebrook, master class.
    November 2012:The Power of the Writer's Voice: Harold Washington Library, Chicago.
    Spring 2012: 20th anniversary edition of Bastard Out of Carolina published.
    Fall, 2011: Residency at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky
    September, 2011: Duke University hosts the papers of Dorothy Allison.
    June, 2011: Writer in Residence, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
    Spring 2011: Guest with Ron Rash, PEN/Faulkner at the Folger Shakespeare Theater.
     2009, Davidson College, McGee Professor in Creative Writing- writer in residence.
    2008, Emory University Center for Humanistic Inquiry’s Distinguished Visiting Professor.
    2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction.
    2007 Member, Fellowship of Southern Writers.
    2007 Famosa, Macondo Writers Program, San Antonio, Texas    2006, Writer in Residence, Columbia College, Chicago, IL.
     2005 Martin Luther King Keynote, Dartmouth College.
     2004, Literary Laureate, San Francisco Public Library.     
  2004, Keynote, Univ. of Chicago “Generations of Feminism”.    
     The Best Short Stories of 2003, “Compassion”.
     The Best Short Stories of the South 2003, “Compassion”.
     2002 American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing.
     2001 Tanner Prize In Ethics and Community, Stanford University.
     1998,  Cavedweller, Lambda Literary Award for fiction.
     1997. Cavedweller, New York Times Notable Books (New York Times Bestseller list).
     1994 New York Times Notable Books, Skin, Talking About Sex, Class & Literature.
     1995, Colorado Review, Evil Companions Award.
     1993, Winner, Bay Area Book Reviewers Awards for fiction, Bastard Out of Carolina.
     1993, Winner, Ferro Grumley prize for fiction, Bastard Out of Carolina.
     1992, New York Times Notable Books for Bastard Out of Carolina.
     1992, National Book Awards, Finalist  for Bastard Out of Carolina.
     1989, Winner,  Best Lesbian Ficiton, Lambda Literary Award for Trash.
     1989. Winner Best Small Press Book, Lambda Literary Award for Trash.
     1986, Ginny Moore Fellowship in fiction, George Washington University.


She Who. A novel, forthcoming (Penguin Putnam)

Trash, A Collection of Short Stories, 2002,  Plume.

Cavedweller.  Dutton, 1998.

Two or Three Things I know for Sure.  Dutton, Fall, 1995. 

Skin—Talking about Sex, Class & Literature, Firebrand Books, 1994.  A collection of narrative essays. 

Bastard out of Carolina, Dutton, 1992. A finalist for the National Book Award, a selection of the B. Dalton Discovery program, and winner of both the Ferro Grumley and Bay Area Book Reviewers Awards for fiction, Bastard Out of Carolina has been translated into more than a dozen languages and published in more than a dozen countries. In 1995, it was made into a movie directed by Angelica Huston and premiered on Showtime.

The Women Who Hate Me, Poetry 1980-1990.  A chapbook. Firebrand Books, Ithaca, New York, 1991.

Trash, Short Stories by Dorothy Allison, Firebrand Books, Ithaca, NY, 1988.

The Women Who Hate Me, Poems by Dorothy Allison, Long Haul Press, 1983.

Selected Lectures & Appointments Spring 2008: Emory University Center for Humanistic Inquiry’s Distinguished Visiting Professor, Atlanta, Georgia

August, 2007: Famosa in residence, Macondo Writing Program, San Antonio, Texas

July, 2007,Guest Lecturer, Goddard College / Port Townsend Creative Writing Program

March, 2007, Keynote Address, Conference on College Composition & Communication.

February, 2007, University of Cincinnati - Modern Love – What we say and do not say…

October, 2006, Seattle, WA Mentor - BENT Writing Program

June, 2006 - Book tour for the Italian translation of Trash by Il Dito e la Luna

Spring, 2006, Writer in Residence, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2005 Featured Guest, Appalachian Lecture Series, Maryville College

Background Information

1979 - 1981 New School For Social Research, New York, New York.
Masters program in Urban Anthropology.
1978 Ginny Moore Contest Writing Workshop (Susan Shreve and John Gardner),
George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

1975, The Sagaris Institute, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, Vermont.
Seminars with Bertha Harris, Blanche Boyd, and Rita Mae Brown.
1973 Florida State University, graduate courses in Anthropology.

1967 - 1971 Florida Presbyterian College, St. Petersburg, Florida, B. A.

Membership in Professional Organizations

Board Member, Fellowship of Southern Writers, 2007
Literary Board Member, Macondo 2007
Board Member, PEN International, 1993-2000.
Advisory Board member, Tin House Magazine.
Advisory Board Member, the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award.
Editorial Board, Tin House, a literary journal.
Editorial Board, Crowd, a journal of contemporary narrative.
Member, Fellowship of Southern Writers
Member, Pen American Center.
Member, National Writers Union.
Advisory Board, National Coalition Against Censorship.
Advisory Board, Feminists for Free Expression.

Dorothy Allison in Paris, 1996
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