Alison studied theater at Tisch School of The Arts, New York University (B.F.A.), and education at Saint Mary’s College (M.A.). She identifies herself as a mixed race African American, Passamaquoddy Native American, Irish, Scottish and English woman of color.
Most recently, National Book Award winning author Isabel Allende introduced Alison and her debut novel Mostly White (Torrey House Press, 2018) at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA. Isabel Allende's response to Mostly White: "So compelling it gave me goosebumps from the very first lines." Video here: Book Passage
A Black Box Theater produced her play Mother Daughter Dance in San Francisco (1995). Publications include a poetry book Temp Words Cosmo Press, (2015) and other poems in Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California, Scarlet Tanager Books (2015). In addition, her short stories are published in Writing For Our Lives, Running Deer Press (1993). Maggie Seritzer featured her short story New York Compromise, on KPFA radio (1993).
Alison was a featured reader at the following venues: The First Annual Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival in Los Angeles (2008), Works/San Jose’ Art and Performance Center in San Jose (2013), Brown Poets Reading at E.M. Wolfman Bookstore in Oakland (2014), The Oakland Beast Crawl and The San Francisco Litquake, (2016).
Her latest appearances include: Vroman's Pasadena, Los Angeles Public Library with MASC (Multiracial Americans of Southern California), Book Passage in Corte Madera with Isabel Allende, Books Inc. in Palo Alto, Books Inc in Alameda (Reader's Theater with Blackout Players), East Bay Booksellers in Oakland, Salt Lake City Public Library, and Booked on 25th in Ogden Utah. Podcast interviews include: Militantly Mixed and Multiracial Family Man with Alex Barnett.
Alison is an advocate of MISSSEY a non-profit organization dedicated to end the sexual exploitation of children. For more information go to