Allison Green considers herself a Seattle native — mostly. Her father was raised in Spokane; her mother in Idaho and eastern Washington. They moved her and her younger brother to Seattle as she was starting seventh grade. Already she was keeping a journal, à la Harriet the Spy, and wanted to be a writer.
At The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, she took a novel workshop and wrote her first (terrible) novel. She then set out to see more of the country and lived in Washington, D.C., Boston, and Minneapolis, along the way earning an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literature at Emerson College, where she wrote her second (not-quite-so terrible) novel.
Back in Seattle at thirty, Allison began her career at Highline (Community) College, where she has enjoyed teaching writing and literature for more than a quarter of a century. She finally wrote a novel she could be proud of, and St. Martin’s Press published Half-Moon Scar as part of its Stonewall Inn Editions imprint in 2000.
Allison started this blog in 2012 and discovered that she liked writing creative nonfiction as much as fiction. In 2015, Ooligan Press at Portland State University published her memoir, The Ghosts Who Travel with Me.
Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in publications such as The Gettysburg Review, ZYZZYVA, Calyx, Willow Springs, Raven Chronicles, and Yes! Magazine.
Blog post at Brevity, May 5, 2016
An analysis of her essay “Seance” by Amy Butcher, editor of Defunct, September 18, 2013