Allison Joseph, GPC 2002-2003
Joseph is the author of six books of poetry, What
Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992), winner of Ampersand Press's 1992
Women Poets Series Competition and the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from
Ploughshares and Emerson College in Boston;
Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon,
1997); In Every Seam
(University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997); Imitation
of Life (Carnegie Mellon, 2003); Worldly
Pleasures (Word Press, 2004); Voice:
Poems (Mayapple Press, 2009); and her most recent, My Father's Kites: Poems
(Steel Toe Books, 2010). Born in London, England to parents of Caribbean
heritage, Allison Joseph directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at
Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she also serves as editor and
poetry editor of Crab Orchard
Review and as director of the Young Writers Workshop, a coed
residential creative writing summer workshop for high-school aged writers. She
also serves as moderator of the Creative Writing Opportunities List, an online
list-serve that distributes calls for submissions and literary contest
information to writers free of charge. She has received fellowships and
awards from Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and
the Illinois Arts Council, and in 2009 was the inaugural recipient of the
Aquarius Press Legacy Award.
for the Personal Letter" (text and audio), The Writer's Almanac, with
Epiphanies," Valparaiso Review.
with Allison Joseph on Blackbaird.
Poetry@Tech Presents: Allison Joseph,
September 25, 2009.