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

My first book, HOOD (2016) is available from Bloomsbury Publishing. More news below.

cropped-6895247710_447ca79803_o1.jpg(Image: Marcel Proust’s room, Musée Carnavalet)

Writer Shani Gilchrist and I collaborated on a Longreads original, “‘See what y’all can work out’: The State of Empathy in Charleston,” on white supremacy and the state of the nation. My essay “History in Wax” (Lapham’s Quarterly) was chosen as a Longreads Best of 2016: Under-Recognized Stories pick (thanks, Tove!); “The Uses of Orphans” (The New Inquiry) was a Notable in Best American Essays 2016.