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Allison Joseph

Born: London, England 1967
Connection to Illinois: Joseph lives, teaches and writes in Carbondale, Illinois, where she's on the faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Biography: 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.


Awards:
  • Confessions of a Barefaced Woman -- FINALIST, NAACP IMAGE AWARD IN POETRY, FEATHERED QUILL BOOK AWARD, SHORT-LISTED, PATERSON POETRY PRIZE, SHORT-LISTED, MILT KESSLER POETRY BOOK AWARD, COMMENDATION, HOFFER AWARDS

Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

E-Mail: aljoseph@siu.edu
Web: http://www.allisonjosephpoetry.com/
Web: http://www.nochairpress.com/
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allison_Joseph


Selected Titles

Confessions of a Barefaced Woman
ISBN: 1597096091 OCLC:

Red Hen Press 2018

The poems in Allison Joseph's latest collection are smart, shameless, and empowered confessions of the best kind. In semi-autobiographical verse highlighting in turns light-hearted and harsh realities of modern black womanhood, these poems take the reader down A History of African-American Hair, visit with both Grace Jones and the Venus de Milo, send Janis Joplin to cheerleading camp, bemoan a treacherous first pair of high heels, and discuss vagina business. Funny, but never flippant, and always forthcoming about the author's own flaws and foibles, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman is sure to keep readers entranced, entertained, and enlightened.

Corporal Muse
ISBN: 194397750X OCLC:

Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC 2018

In Corporal Muse, poet Allison E. Joseph pulls back the curtain on her writing process, searching for (and finding) The Muse in unexpected places. These are poems of love and praise. They are time machine and magic spell. Corporal Muse is a cross-section of poetic technique so strong it conjures The Muse to wherever the reader holds this book.

Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series)
ISBN: 0887483860 OCLC: Pittsburgh :

Carnegie Mellon University Press, Pittsburgh : 2003.

A collection of poetry by Allison Joseph.

In Every Seam (Pitt Poetry Series)
ISBN: 0822939940 OCLC: Pittsburgh :

University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh : ©1997.

A collection of poetry by Allison Joseph.

My Father's Kites
ISBN: 098241692X OCLC:

Steel Toe Books, ©2010.

The centerpiece of Allison Joseph's sixth full-length poetry collection is a sequence of thirty-four sonnets about losing her father.

Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series)
ISBN: 0887482473 OCLC: Pittsburgh, PA :

Carnegie Mellon University Press, Pittsburgh, PA : 1997.

A collection of poetry by Allison Joseph.

Voice: Poems
ISBN: 0932412750 OCLC: Bay City, MI :

Mayapple Press, Bay City, MI : 2009.

Poetry. African American Studies.

What Keeps Us Here: Poems
ISBN: 0935331115 OCLC: Bristol, RI :

Ampersand Press, Bristol, RI : ©1992.

A collection of poetry by Allison Joseph.

Worldly Pleasures
ISBN: 1932339124 OCLC: Cincinnati, OH :

Word Press, Cincinnati, OH : 2004.

Worldly Pleasures is a book about pushing past tribulations to seek joy: in play, in friendship, in relationship. Ranging from a memorable series of character portraits to sensual love poems, Allison Joseph's fifth full-length collection finds, in its clear, smooth lines, a way to celebrate the world despite its difficulties. Worldly Pleasures further establishes Joseph as one of the leading poets of her young generation.

 

 

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