Dear Reader,

I write true stories that focus on women’s lives, telling stories that buoy insiders and educate outsiders. I give words and weight particularly to experiences of sexual violence and mental illness. I aim to replace myths with knowledge from lived experiences.

Like many, I have first-hand experience with both sexual abuse and with mental health concerns. In coming at this work from a survivor’s perspective my goal is to build community, encourage other’s voices, and to be considered a representative (one of many) but not representative.

I’m an obsessive researcher, particularly looking at how things have changed over time. I’ve discovered the past is a foreign country one can visit with the proper passport and visas. I’m often surprised by how much I can find out about individuals who lived 80 or 100 years ago, either through direct or indirect research.

I’m working on finishing up edits for my first memoir and beginning research for my second.

In the meantime, here are a couple of my short pieces for your perusal:

“She Can Have This Calf” published in Fiction Fix’s special creative nonfiction issue. See Dinty W. Moore’s review of the issue as a whole, including a brief interview with guest editor Mark Ari.

“Funny Girl in the ER” published in Diverse Voices Quarterly. (It’s a pdf, so you’ll have to scroll down, or better yet, read the whole issue.)

Thanks for spending some time here.

Best,
Alison

P.S. You can find more about my performances, my memoir, and my teaching by following the links across the top of the page, or right here.

P.P.S. Here’s a quick list of some of my favorite blog posts:
The Vitamix I didn’t Buy
Lee Smith: Worlds Open Up
Why a Show about Sexual Violence?
Hannah Arendt: Nothing Can Equal
The Unspoken
MLK Jr., Barack Obama, and Exodus (This piece was written in 2008, and I like how the post exemplifies the hope of that moment.)