About Alison Stine

  Photo: David Dodd Lee

Photo: David Dodd Lee


Alison Stine is a writer in Appalachia

Author of The Protectors (Little A), an illustrated novella about Appalachian graffiti artists, and Supervision, a YA novel which won the Digital Submissions Contest from Harper Voyager UK, she is also the author of two poetry collections: Wait (University of Wisconsin Press), winner of the Brittingham Prize, and Ohio Violence (University of North Texas Press), winner of the Vassar Miller, as well as a chapbook, Lot of My Sister (The Kent State University Press).

Her essay “On Poverty,” about classism in the writing world, went viral. Her essays, stories, and poems have also appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The Nation, The Guardian, The Paris Review, Tin House, The Toast, Virginia Quarterly Review, Lenny Letter, The Awl, and others. She wrote multiple pieces for Jezebel, on Appalachian true crime. 

Her visual art appears regularly at The Rumpus, and she has been a storyteller on the public radio program The Moth, telling a true story about life in Appalachia. 

A 2016 NEA Literature Fellow, she has also received an Individual Artist Grant from the Ohio Arts Council, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and was runner-up in the Power Literary Reporting Award from NYU Journalism. She has an MFA from the University of Maryland and a PhD from Ohio University, and lives with her son in the rural Appalachian foothills, where she works in journalism.