About Alison

2018-01-13 16.04.48Alison 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 20162017, 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, New Republic, The New Inquiry, Hyperallergic, VAN Magazine, LitHub, and several other publications. 

Alison teaches nonfiction writing: at Eugene Lang College at The New School, and online in a recurring bootcamp for Catapult. She’s currently working on two nonfiction book manuscripts, represented by Markus Hoffmann at Regal Hoffmann & Associates.

  • How Deep Is Your Love?” (Lapham’s Quarterly) was selected as a Notable Essay for The Best American Essays 2018!
  • My next Catapult “Getting Started” bootcamp will take place online on Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 at 8pm EST/ 5pm PST. 
  • HOOD was published by Bloomsbury Publishing (Interviews, reviews & ordering info); stay tuned for the news of the next book!