Alison C. Rollins

Alison C. Rollins, born and raised in St. Louis, currently works as a reference and instruction librarian for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Howard University and a Master of Library and Information Science form the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Rollins has worked for various public libraries including the DC Public Library and St. Louis Public Library. She is the second prizewinner of the 2016 James H. Nash Poetry contest and a finalist for the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Meridian, Poetry, The Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellow, she is also a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship.

Awards and Honors

Pushcart Prize Winner

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow

Rona Jaffe Writers Award Recipient

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship, The Poetry Foundation

Finalist, The Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize

Cave Canem Fellowship

Callaloo Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center

Finalist, Balcones Poetry Prize 2019

Nominee, Hurston/Wright Legacy Award 2020