Department of English

O'Dowd Hall, Room 544
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Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Alison Powell

A headshot of Alison Powell.

Assistant Professor of English
College of Arts and Sciences

Alison Powell is a poet and scholar. Her debut collection of poems, On the Desire to Levitate, was published by Ohio University Press in 2014. She has had poems published in journals such as Boston Review, AGNI, Guernica, Crazyhorse, and Black Warrior Review. She received her Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her academic work focuses on the Romantic Poets.

Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.F.A., Indiana University

Areas of Study
Creative Writing, British and American Poetry, Contemporary Poetics,
Romantic Poetry, Early
Modern Poetry, Philosophy, Play Theory

Powell's first collection of poems, On the Desire to Levitate, was selected for the Hollis Summers Prize and was published by Ohio University Press in 2014. Individual poems have previously appeared in journals including AGNI, Boston Review, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, New Orleans Review, Denver Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, Guernica, and others, and in anthologies such as Best New Poets 2006 and the Anthony Hecht Prize Anthology.

"Self-Dissecting Devotional Bodies, Torture, and the State"
Les Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir
The Rhetoric of Violence in Early Modern Europe
Université de Poitiers, No. 5, 2011

Editorial / Other
Professor Powell recently served as Guest Editor for Crazyhorse, and has attended retreats and workshops at the Vermont Studio Center, Fine Arts Work Center of Provincetown, and Millay Colony for the Arts.