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Allison Adair

english department

Allison Adair

Associate Professor of the Practice of English

B.A., Brown University
M.F.A., University of Iowa

Stokes Hall S469
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-0157
Fax: 617-552-4220

Allison Adair specializes in creative writing, with a focus on poetry and flash fiction and a special interest in the digital humanities. At Boston College, she teaches the First-Year Writing Seminar (Twice Seen, America Singing, American Anti-Intellectualism); multi-level workshops in poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction; Literature Core courses (Truth-Telling in Literature, Travel Literature); Studies in Poetry; and the popular elective The Poetics of Rap.



“Ways to Describe a Death Inside Your Own Living Body,” forthcoming in American Poetry Review

“Bear Fight in Rockaway,” forthcoming in Boston Review

“He Waited for Days,” forthcoming in Measure

“Lymphoma,” forthcoming in Measure

“So Shiny Are the Spoils,” forthcoming in National Poetry Review

“Waking to Two Borrowed Lines,” forthcoming in New South

“The Big Thinkers,” forthcoming in Nimrod

“Miscarriage,” forthcoming in Southwest Review

“Maps for the Plotline,” forthcoming in Third Coast

“Fable,” Mississippi Review (June 2016)

“Flight Theory,” Los Angeles Review (May 2016)

“Gettysburg,” Shenandoah (March 2016)

“Western Slope,” Best New Poets 2015 (December 2015)

“Mother of 2 Stabbed to Death in Silverton, Colorado,” Tahoma Literary Review (December 2015)

“What Falls Behind,” Coffee House Poetry/Troubadour International (November 2015)

“Advice for the New Mother,” The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts (November 2015)

“Letter to My Foundling: #235, Boy,” Tinderbox Poetry Journal (October 2015)

“Debt,” Tinderbox Poetry Journal (October 2015)

“What We Should Really Be Afraid Of,” The Missouri Review (Poem of the Week, August 2015)

“Letter to My Niece, in Silverton, Colorado,” Mid-American Review (December 2014)


“How Did It End?” (flash fiction), forthcoming in The Lascaux Review

“Self-Portrait as Cenotaph (Gettysburg)” (flash fiction), Nano Fiction (April 2016)

“MAR Asks, Allison Adair Answers” (contributor interview), Mid-American Review blog (July 2015)

“A Hypertext Tribute to James Tate” (digital arts project), co-created with Christopher Boucher, Electric Literature (July 2015)

“The Rumpus Hypertext Interview with Maya Lang” (interview), co-created with Christopher Boucher, The Rumpus (June 2015)

“Free Ulysses!” (interview), The Brooklyn Quarterly (July 2014)

“Fact vs. Fiction in Memoir and Fantasy” (essay), Grub Daily (August 2012)

“The Myth of Writing ‘for Yourself’” (essay), Grub Daily (May 2012)

“Writing Despite College. Or Marriage. Or Work. Or Newborns. Or…” (essay), Grub Daily (April 2012)

“Sharing Your Work with Family” (essay), Grub Daily (March 2012)

“Literary Imitation (with a Side of Frickles)” (essay), Grub Daily (February 2012)

“The Writer’s Search for Self-Knowledge: Goal or Distraction?” (essay), Grub Daily (January 2012)


“A Trip for Love” by Gao Jianqun (second-level translation from original Mandarin Chinese), short story in Old Land, New Tales, China Intercontinental Press (2011)

“Terra Straniera” (translation from original Italian), epigraph to The Saint of Lost Things by Christopher Castellani, Algonquin Press (2005)


Finalist/Winner, Troubadour International Poetry Prize (2015)

Winner, A Room of Her Own Foundation/Los Angeles Review Fall 2015 Orlando Prize (2015)

Finalist/Winner, Best New Poets 2015 (2015)

Finalist/Runner-Up, Queen’s Ferry Press’s Best Small Fictions 2015 (2015)

Nominee, 2016 Pushcart Prize; nominated by Mid-American Review (2014)

Winner, Mid-American Review’s Fineline Competition (2014)

Winner, Boston University Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching; one recipient out of more than 3000 faculty members (2008)

Iowa Writers’ Workshop Teaching-Writing Fellowship in Poetry (2001-2002)


Contributing Editor, The Brooklyn Quarterly (2013-present)

Mentor, Posse Program, Boston University (2010-2014)

Board Member/Board President, GrubStreet, Inc., Boston (Member 2004-2011, President 2009-2011)