Alison Kinney (she/her) is an author, teacher, and nonfiction writer on culture, history, music, and social justice.
Alison’s first book of cultural history, HOOD, was published by Bloomsbury’s “Object Lessons” series in 2016. Sister Helen Prejean wrote of it, “Provocative and highly informative, Alison Kinney’s Hood considers this seemingly neutral garment accessory and reveals it to be vexed by a long history of violence, from the Grim Reaper to the KKK and beyond–a history we would do well to address, and redress. Readers will never see hoods the same way again.”
Three of Alison’s essays have been named Notable Essays in The Best American Essays 2016, 2017, and 2018. In addition to her column at The Paris Review Daily on the art and artifacts of opera fandom, she’s written online and/or for print at The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Lapham’s Quarterly, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Longreads, The Believer, L.A. Review of Books and Avidly, New Republic, The New Inquiry, Hyperallergic, VAN Magazine, LitHub, and several other publications.
Alison has taught nonfiction writing at The New School and at Catapult since 2017. In 2019 she was hired as an Assistant Professor of Writing at Eugene Lang College at The New School. She earned a New School MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction), then headed in a completely different direction!