About Alison

Hello, and thanks for visiting my website!

I am an experienced writer whose work has been published in education, tech and literary outlets; as well, I’m a veteran educator and curriculum designer. I’m currently a full time faculty member of the Communication Division at Delgado Community College. Before that, I was a Visiting Professor of the Humanities at Bard Early College of New Orleans. I founded and edited the culture and arts website, Nola Studiola, and have served as manuscript judge and editor for LSU Press, Lighthouse Literary Workshop of Denver, and New Delta Review. I have taught and designed curricula at the middle school, early college and college level in public, charter and non-profit settings.

My creative, critical writing and interviews have appeared in publications like Monkeybicycle, Los Angeles Review of Books, Columbia Journal of Arts and Letters, Chicago Reader, Paste, Front Porch, Identity Theory, NolaVie, and Rain Taxi. My work has been named Frwiction Review’s Story of the Day, and I have received nominations for a Pushcart Prize and Sundress Publication’s “Best of the Web” award. An early draft of my novel-in-progress was LSU’s nominee to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ Intro Journals competition. The first half of the manuscript was recently named a short-list finalist in the Faulkner Society’s Novel-in-Progress competition.

I’m a freelance writer for hire. My content has helped B2B technology and edtech startups articulate their products and visions through press releases, blog posts, white papers, and ghostwritten bylines. My content has appeared in Wired, TechCrunch, Ed Tech Digest, and other similarly-focused publications.

Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, I earned a BA in political science from Wellesley College. I graduated from Louisiana State University with an MFA.

You can see an excerpt of it here. I have taught middle school, high school, and college-level literature, history and writing. My pedagogy paper presentations at state and national conferences have addressed critical thinking and writing in the college classroom, and I have presented professional development workshops for new teachers on implementing technology to build community in the college classroom.

Most recently, I have used my writing instruction expertise to help design and implement early college curriculum for programs that serve opportunity youth, like the Cowen Institute’s Earn and Learn program at Tulane University. My teaching philosophy draws heavily on the Iowa Writers’ Workshop model, Bard College’s Writing and Thinking inquiry, and accountable discussion. Today I am a full-time faculty member of the Communication Division at Delgado Community College and serve as a Visiting Humanities Professor at Bard Early College of New Orleans.

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