Welcome to Alison’s page, a cork/cactus-lined writing refuge!


  • My new book, AVIDLY READS OPERA, was published this October by NYU Press, in association with Avidly and L.A. Review of Books. Thanks to everybody who helped make this dream come true! It’s available for order directly from NYU and at your local or online booksellers.
  • Thanks to the editors of The Best American Essays for naming my fifth Notable Essay in a row, “The Rejection Lab” at Gay Magazine (2020), as well as essays in 2019, 2018, 2017and 2016.

Thanks for visiting!

(Images: Marcel Proust’s room, Musée Carnavalet. Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree National Park)