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


  • My new book, AVIDLY READS OPERA, will be published in October by NYU Press, in association with Avidly and L.A. Review of Books. It’s now available for pre-order. Thanks to everybody who helped make this dream come true!
  • 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.

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