Alison Palmer


Rockville, MD

Author's Bio

Alison Palmer is the author of the poetry chapbook, The Need for Hiding (Dancing Girl Press, 2018). To read an in-depth interview with The Poet's Billow about the new collection visit: Currently, Alison lives and writes outside Washington, D.C. When not poeming, Alison is an avid early morning journaler and explorer. She finds that AM dark is most peaceful, mysterious and inspiring. Visit Alison's website to learn more about her and to access more of her poetry online:

Publications & Prizes

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 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, A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch, Five Points:Journal of Literature&Art by Vol. 19 No. 2, SILVERCHEST by Carl Phillips, Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire by Kay Redfield Jamison

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Prefers to work with: 
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Fairfax, VA
Raised in: 
Charleston , SC
South Carolina
Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Last update: Sep 04, 2019