Alison Hicks is the author of poetry collections Kiss (PS Books, 2011), and Falling Dreams (Finishing Line Press, 2006), a novella, Love: A Story of Images, (AWA Press, 2004, and an anthology, Prompted (PS Books, 2010). Her poem “house in mind” was winner of Philadelphia City Paper 2011 poetry contest, and a second poem, “canoeing at night,” was selected as runner-up. Also in 2011, her poem “Autumn Lilies” received First Prize in the 2011 Charlotte Miller Simon Poetry Contest from the Ardmore (PA) Free Library. She has twice received Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
fellowships, in creative non-fiction in 2003 and in fiction in
2007. Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Apiary, The Alembic, Amoskeag, Blood Lotus, The Broadkill Review, Broad River Review, the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin, Calibanonline, California Quarterly (CQ), Cottonwood, Crack the Spine, The Critical Pass Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Edison Literary Review, Eclipse, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Folly, Forge, Four Corners, Gargoyle, Grey Sparrow, The Griffin, Gulf Stream, the G.W. Review, HeartLodge, The Hollins Critic, The Ledge, Licking River Review, Literary Mama, The Lindenwood Review, The Louisville Review, Mad Poets Review, Melusine, Milk Money, The Muddy River Poetry Review, The Musehouse Journal, Organs of Vision & Sight (OVS), Pearl, The Penman Review, Peregrine, Permafrost, Pinyon, Philadelphia Poets, The Progressive, The Puritan, Quiddity, Rough Copy, Rougarou, Sanskrit, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Sliver of Stone, Softblow, Storyscape, Studio One, Whiskey Island, Wild Violet, Words and Images, Women. Period., The Wooster Review, and Xanadu. The story The Reservoir was performed for the 2002-2003
season of the Writing Aloud series hosted by the InterAct
Theatre Company in Philadelphia and the poem Twenty-Six
Years was included in the 2005 Poetry is Alive! Performance
by the Ritz
Theatre Company of Oaklyn, New Jersey.
Ms. Hicks has studied writing with Leonard
Gontarek, Andrew Fetler, Pat
Schneider, C.E. Poverman, Steve Orlen, Mary Carter and Robert
Houston. She is 1982 graduate of Bryn Mawr College, and received
an M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a concentration in fiction
in 1987 from the University of Arizona, where she held a University
Fellowship, the Anonymous Scholarship, and was a second-place
winner of the Downs Award for Fiction, and a Writers at Work competition
winner and judge. In 1986, she was a Working Scholar at Breadloaf
She was a Co-Editor of Sonora Review from
1987-88, after serving on their editorial staff and on those of
The Massachusetts Review and The Progressive magazine.
She has taught writing at the University of Arizona, the Authors'
Resource Center in Tucson, Arizona, and Germantown Friends' School.
She has also served in higher education as an admissions officer
at Colgate University in New York State and at Bryn Mawr College,
and as a grant writer and development consultant for Pennsylvania
non-profit educational and cultural organizations.
In 1996 she trained with founder Pat
Schneider in the Amherst
Writers & Artists method, and founded Greater Philadelphia
Wordshop Studio to offer creative writing workshops
supporting writers in the development of their individual voices
and in the practice of their craft. She is currently at work on
collections of poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction,
and a novel.