Chatham News

Allison Joseph to Read March 4 at Chatham University for Words Without Walls Reading Series

PITTSBURGH:   Allison Joseph will read on Wednesday March 4, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in the Mellon Living Room, Chatham University.  A book signing and reception will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public.

Allison Joseph was born in London, England in 1967 to parents of Caribbean heritage. She grew up in Toronto, Canada and the Bronx, New York.  She is a graduate of Kenyon College and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Indiana University.  She has taught since 1994 at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where she helped to found Crab Orchard Review, a journal of literary works, and the Young Writers Workshop, a coed residential summer program for teen writers. She is also the moderator of the Creative Writers Opportunities List, a list-serve that provides publication and submission information to writers of poetry, fiction , and nonfiction. In 2012, she was awarded the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

Praise for My Father’s Kites: Poems by Allison Joseph:

“Superbly executed, part family history and part homage, Allison Joseph strings the frail human voices across the forceful lines of her verse to summon her absent father back from the dead.” — Maura Stanton

Funding for the Words Without Walls reading series provided by A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and Chatham University.