"No other poet sounds like Pelegrin, and that's the sure sign of a writer at the top of her game."" --Elton Glaser
Alison Pelegrin is the author of two previous poetry collections, including Big Muddy River of Stars, which won the 2006 Akron Poetry Prize. The recipient of fellowships from The Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Copper Nickel, and Barn Owl Review.
Alison earned her MFA degree at the University of Arkansas where for two years she was the director of the Arkansas Writers in the Schools Program. She teaches English at Southeastern Louisiana University and lives in Covington, Louisiana with her family.
By turns prickly and heartrendingly comic, these poems perform, with the mastery of a fine poet who also understands the art of stand-up comedy, the surreal reality of being Louisiana.
Sheryl St. Germain
1/28/2015 - Alison has been selected to receive the St. Tammany Literary Artist of the Year award for 2015.
1/31/2012 - Hear Alison discuss her new book "Hurricane Party" on WWNO's The Reading Life, with former Times-Picayune book editor Susan Larson.
12/05/2011 - "Pantoum of the Endless Hurricane Debris," won the 11th Annual Erskine J. Poetry Prize from Smartish Pace. It will be published in Smartish Pace, Issue 19. Here is the official announcement.
12/07/2015 - From her quiet and unassuming demeanor, you would never know that Covington resident Alison Pelegrin is an award winning poet and National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing fellowship recipient... [more]
12/01/2011 - "Alison Pelegrin is a citizen of Louisiana through and through, and her poems read like love songs to the place. In her verse, which effortlessly marries formal elements with natural speaking rhythm, she explores the silty, dangerous landscape of her home state, and the resilient nature of community life on vulnerable, ever-shifting ground."
Words fail me, but certainly not Pelegrin, who writes some of the jazziest, high-velocity, funny, serious, and, if I may say so without causing the keepers of the gates of high culture to wet their pants, entertaining poetry I have read in a long time. For those who hate poetry, try this book. For those who love poetry, this is your lucky day.
B. H. Fairchild