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2005 Graduate
Alison Powell is Assistant Professor of Poetry at Oakland University. Her first book, On the Desire to Levitate, won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize and was published by Ohio University Press in 2014 (former IU MFA alumni Mary Speaker designed the cover). Her poetry has appeared widely in journals including Boston Review, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Black Warrior Review, Antioch Review, Guernica, Quarterly West, Puerto del Sol, and others, and in anthologies Best New Poets 2006 and the Hecht Prize Anthology, 2005 - 2009. She was selected as the Agha Shahid Ali fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center of Provincetown, and has received awards from institutions including the Millay Colony for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Writers at Work (University of Utah). She also served as guest poetry editor of Crazyhorse. After completing her MFA at Indiana University she completed a PhD in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her critical work focuses on the relationship between play and ethics in the Romantic poets. More information on her poetry and scholarship can be found at