Alison Hawthorne Deming

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Allison Hawthorne Deming was born and grew up in Connecticut. Her new nonfiction book "A Woven World: On Fashion, Fisherman, and the Sardine Dress" was published in 2021. She is also the author of chapbooks, poetry collections and essays.

Deming received a Master of Fine Arts from Vermont College, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Tucson/Pima Arts Council and the National Writer’s Voice. Her work has been awarded the Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod, a Pushcart Prize, the Gertrude B. Claytor Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Best Essay Gold Award from the GAMMA Southeastern Magazine Association, and the Bayer Award in Science Writing from Creative Nonfiction for the essay “Poetry and Science: A View From the Divide.”

Former director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment and Social Justice, she is now Regents Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona, where in 2015 she founded the Field Studies in Writing Program. She lives in Tucson and Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada.


Allison is scheduled to appear at the 2022 Tucson Festival of Books.

Published Works

Stairway to Heaven (2016, ISBN: 9780143108856), Penguin

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