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


My first book, HOOD, is available from Bloomsbury Publishing. 

My column on the art and artifacts of opera fandom has blasted off at The Paris Review Daily, with explorations of the Voyager Interstellar Mission, music for life, and Florence Foster Jenkins. Online at Harper’s you can find my thoughts on the Philip Glass opera Appomattox and the Voting Rights Act, “Vote, Sing, Breathe.” And my essay “The Uses of Orphans” (The New Inquiry) was chosen as a Notable for Best American Essays 2016.

(Image: Marcel Proust’s room, Musée Carnavalet)