Dorothy Allison is an American writer whose writing expresses themes of class struggle, sexual abuse, child abuse, feminism, and lesbianism. She is a self-identified lesbian femme. She has won a number of awards for her writing, including several Lambda Literary Awards. In 2014, Allison was elected to membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Allison grew up in Greenville, SC, the first child of a 15-year-old unwed mother who worked as a waitress. She describes herself as a feminist, a working class story teller, a Southern expatriate, a sometime poet and a happily born-again Californian. The first member of her family to graduate from high school, Allison attended Florida Presbyterian College on a National Merit Scholarship and studied anthropology at the New School for Social Research. An award winning editor for Quest, Conditions, and Outlook—early feminist and lesbian and gay journals, Allison's chapbook of poetry, The Women Who Hate Me, was published with Long Haul Press in 1983. Her short story collection, Trash (1988) was published by Firebrand Books and won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing.