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Alison Powell

Alison Powell’s lyric essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in A Public SpaceBlack Warrior Review, Broad Street, Hayden’s Ferry ReviewSonora Review, and Proximity Magazine; recent poetry appears or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly ReviewBoston ReviewCopper NickelCrazyhorsejubilat, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, and more. Her book of poems, On the Desire to Levitate, won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize and was published by Ohio University Press in 2014.

Powell’s work has been supported by fellowships from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology, and she has received awards from the Greensboro ReviewProximity Magazine, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and more. Originally from Indiana, Powell completed her PhD in English at the CUNY Graduate Center with a specialization in the Romantic poets. She is now Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Oakland University and lives with her husband, son, and daughter in Metro Detroit.