Allison Joseph is the author of What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon, 1997), In Every Seam (Pittsburgh, 1997), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon, 2003), Worldly Pleasures (Word Press, 2004), Voice (Mayapple Press, 2009), My Father's Kites (Steel Toe Books, 2010), Trace Particles (Backbone Press, 2014) and Little Epiphanies (Imaginary Friend Press, 2015). Her honors include the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize from Ploughshares and Emerson College, fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry. She is editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review and director of the Young Writers Workshop, an annual summer residential creative writing workshop for high school writers. She teaches at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She maintains the creative writing opportunities list serve CRWROPPS, and received the 2012 George Garrett Award for outstanding literary service from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. On April 8, 2014, she received an honorary doctorate from Kenyon College. She is the recipient of the 2014 Paladin Award from RHINO.