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Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison is an award-winning editor for Quest, Conditions, and Outlook. Allison's chapbook of poetry, “The Women Who Hate Me,” was published with Long Haul Press in 1983. Her short story collection, Trash (1988), was published by Firebrand Books. Trash won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing. Allison received mainstream recognition with her novel Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. The novel won the Ferro Grumley prize and an ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, and became a best seller and an award-winning movie. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Cavedweller (1998) became a national best-seller, New York Times Notable book of the year, finalist for the Lillian Smith prize, and an ALA prize winner. Adapted for the stage by Kate Moira Ryan, the play was directed by Michael Greif and featured music by Hedwig composer Stephen Trask. In 2003, Lisa Cholodenko directed a movie version featuring Krya Sedgwick. The expanded edition of Trash (2002) included the prize winning short story "Compassion," selected for both Best American Short Stories 2003 and Best New Stories from the South 2003. Awarded the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, Allison is a member of the board of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.