Alison Winfield-Burns

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Author's Bio

Alison ALICE Winfield Burns is an American painter who attended Columbia University (BS and BA) and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She is a PEN America grantee, 2012 and the author of memoir Ivy League Bohemians. Her early writing teachers were Allen Ginsberg and Larry Fagin. Alison was formally betrothed to fellow poet Sam Kashner in 2010 and lives in Manhattan. Alison is the goddaughter of Lady Jeanne Campbell (daughter of the 11th Duke of Argyll and third wife of Norman Mailer) and of a Benedictine abbess in Rome.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction


The List Poem: A Guide to Teaching & Writing Catalog Verse (Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 1991)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Hemingway, Zola, Brontë, Keats, Ginsberg, Kerouac and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
What I'm reading now: 
Germinal (1894) by Emile Zola

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Fluent in: 
English, Italian
Born in: 
North Carolina
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Last update: Oct 06, 2020