Allison Joseph is the author of What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992), which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon, 1997), In Every Seam (Pittsburgh, 1997), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon, 2003), Worldly Pleasures (Word Press, 2004), Voice: Poems (Small Press Distribution, 2009), My Father's Kites: Poems (Steel Toe Books, 2010), and Mercurial (Mayapple Press, 2016).
Joseph's awards include fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences, the John C. Zacharis First Book Award the 2009 Aquarius Press Legacy Award, the 2012 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature, the 2014 Paladin Award from RHINO for "extraordinary longtime contribution to poetry in Illinois," and an honorary doctorate from Kenyon College in 2014.
Born in London to parents of Jamaican heritage, Allison Joseph grew up in Toronto and the Bronx. She is well known as one of the founding editors of Crab Orchard Review, which she has edited with her husband Jon Tribble since 1995. Through the the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, she and Tribble nurture to publication two remarkable volumes of poetry each year. Joseph is a professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she is the Director of the Young Writers Workshop, which she founded in 1999. Allison and Jon work tirelessly to support the poetry community.