Allison Joseph is the author of five books
of poetry: Worldly Pleasure (Word Press, 2004); Imitation of
University Press, 2002); Soul Train (Carnegie-Mellon
University Press, 1997); In Every Seam (University
of Pittsburgh Press, 1997); and What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand,
1992), which won the Ampersand Women Poets Series Prize and the
John C. Zacharis Award First Book Prize from Ploughshares.
Her many awards include a fellowship and a Literary Award from
the Illinois Arts Council, fellowships from Bread Loaf and Sewanee
Writers' Conferences, an Academy of American Poets prize, a Ruth
Lilly Fellowship, and an Associated Writing Programs Prize. She
Associate Professor of English at Southern Illinois University
and editor of Crab Orchard Review.