About Alison

2018-01-13 16.04.48Alison Kinney is the author of a book of cultural history, HOOD  (2016), published by Bloomsbury’s “Object Lessons” series. She teaches nonfiction writing at The New School and Catapult.

Alison writes a column at The Paris Review Daily on the art and artifacts of opera fandom. Her writing on culture, history, music, and social justice has also appeared online and/or in print at The New Yorker, Harper’s, Lapham’s Quarterly, The Guardian, Longreads, The Atlantic, L.A. Review of Books, Avidly, New Republic, Hyperallergic, VAN Magazine, History Today, LitHub, The Establishment, The New York Times, and other publications. Two of her pieces were named Notable Essays in The Best American Essays 2016 and 2017

Sister Helen Prejean writes, “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.”

  • “History in Wax” (Lapham’s Quarterly) was selected as a Notable Essay for Best American Essays 2017; it was also a Longreads Best of 2016: Under-Recognized Stories pick.
  • On Thursdays from September 13-27, she’ll be teaching her three-session Getting Started online course at Catapult.
  • HOOD was published by Bloomsbury Publishing (Interviews, reviews & ordering info)