Discipline: Literature

Dorothy Allison

Discipline: Literature
Region: San Francisco, CA
MacDowell fellowships: 1996
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.

Studios

Monday Music

Dorothy Allison worked in the Monday Music studio.

Given to the residency by the Monday Music Club of Orange, New Jersey, Monday Music Studio is sited next to an enormous boulder deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago. A small dormer once pierced the east slope of the roof, but after damage suffered in the 1938 hurricane, the roof was rebuilt without the dormer. The…

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