Alison Palmer


Columbia, MD
Maryland US

Author's Bio

ALISON PALMER is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Bargaining with the Fall (Broadstone Books, 2023), the poetry chapbook, Everything Is Normal Here (Broadstone Books, 2022), and the poetry chapbook, The Need for Hiding (Dancing Girl Press, 2018). Her second full-length poetry collection, Early Days of Mechanical Hearts, was named a finalist for The Word Works 2022 Hilary Tham Capital Collection-Invitational and was a semi-finalist for their Washington Prize. Alison was chosen for a 2022 Independent Artist Award (IAA) grant by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC).

Alison received her MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, and she was awarded the Emma Howell Memorial Poetry Prize from Oberlin College where she graduated with a BA in Creative Writing. She also studied Poetry through Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. Currently, Alison writes outside Washington, DC.

Publications & Prizes

Bargaining with the Fall (Broadstone Books, 2023)
Everything Is Normal Here (Broadstone Books, 2022)
The Need for Hiding (Dancing Girl Press, Chicago, 2018)
Prizes won: 
  • Finalist, Sexton Prize, Eyewear Publishing, The Alarmist, full-length, spring 2019
  • Nimrod Literary Awards: Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry Quarter-Finalist, 2018
  • Pushcart Prize Nomination, “Flight,” 2016
  • Best New Poets Nomination, “Flight,” 2016
  • Winner, Atlantis Poetry Award, Poet’s Billow, spring 2016
  • Finalist, Bermuda Triangle Prize and Pangaea Prize, Poet’s Billow, fall 2014
  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, summer 2012
  • Top 50 Best New Poets 2010 as chosen by Claudia Emerson
  • Nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Project, 2007 and 2008
  • Finalist, The Laurel Review's Midwest Chapbook Series Award, 2007 
  • Emma Howell Memorial Poetry Prize, Oberlin College, 2005
  • Coluccio Salutati Prize for Academic Excellence, Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, 2004

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Virginia Woolf Stephen Dunn James Dickey Galway Kinnell Carl Phillips Anne Carson Nils Michals Alessandra Lynch C.D. Wright Louise Gluck Robert Lowell Charles Wright (delving into Proust and loving him)
What I'm reading now: 
Swann's Way: In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust, My Trade Is My Mystery: Seven Meditations from a Life in Writing by Carl Phillips, Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light by Joy Harjo, Everything Else in the World by Stephen Dunn, Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire by Kay Redfield Jamison, The Carrying by Aida Limon

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Born in: 
Fairfax, VA
Raised in: 
Charleston , SC
South Carolina
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Last update: Jan 24, 2024