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xvii Chronology 1949 Dorothy Allison born on April 11 in Greenville, South Carolina, to Ruth Gibson, a fifteen-year-old waitress. Allison’s father was not part of her life. Allison’s mother married her stepfather four years later. 1967–1971 Attended Florida Presbyterian College on a National Merit Scholarship and received her B.A. in 1971. 1973–1974 Editor, Amazing Grace, A Feminist Magazine, Tallahassee, Florida. At Florida State University, Allison took graduate courses in anthropology and worked as director of the women ’s center and editor of the Center Newsletter. 1974–1975 Founding manager, Herstore Feminist Bookstore, Tallahassee, Florida. 1975–1976 Office manager, Washington Area Feminist Federal Credit Union, Washington, DC. 1976–1979 Editor of Quest: A Feminist Quarterly, Washington, DC. 1979 Moved to New York City. 1979–1981 New School for Social Research, New York, New York. Masters program in urban anthropology. 1979–1987 Director of communications and director of the information center at Poets & Writers Inc., New York, New York. 1981–1985 Contributing editor and columnist, New York Native. 1982–1986 Editor, Conditions Magazine, Brooklyn, New York. 1982 Picketed by antipornography feminists at a symposium on sexuality at Barnard College where she was scheduled to speak. 1983 The Women Who Hate Me, published by Long Haul Press. 1986 Published “A Bastard Out of Carolina” in Village Voice Literary Supplement, Fiction Selection. 1987 Began relationship with Alix Layman, her longtime companion . 1988–1990 Editor, Out/Look Magazine 1988 Trash: Short Stories, published by Firebrand Books. Received two Lambda Literary Awards in 1989 for Best Lesbian Fiction xviii CHRONOLOGY and Best Small Press Book. American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing 1991 The Women Who Hate Me.: Poetry 1980–1990, a chapbook, published by Firebrand Books 1992 Bastard Out of Carolina published by Dutton. Finalist for the 1992 National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book for 1992. The novel also won the Ferro-Grumley Award and an American Library Association Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing. It became a best seller and, in 1996, an awardwinning movie directed by Angelica Huston. Bastard Out of Carolina has been translated into more than a dozen languages and published in more than a dozen countries. 1994 Skin: Talking about Sex, Class & Literature, a collection of narrative essays published by Firebrand. A New York Times Notable Book for 1994. 1995 Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, published by Dutton. 1998 Cavedweller, published by Dutton, became a bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, finalist for the Lillian Smith Prize, Lambda Literary Award winner, and an American Library Association Prize winner. It was adapted for the stage by Kate Moira Ryan in 2003. A movie version followed in 2003. 2002 Trash: Stories, published by Plume. Expanded edition of Trash, with the short story, “Compassion,” was selected for both The Best Short Stories of 2003 and The Best Short Stories of the South 2003. 2002 American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction 2008 Emory University Center for Humanistic Inquiry’s Distinguished Visiting Professor 2009 Davidson College, McGee Professor in Creative Writing— writer in residence CHRONOLOGY xix Sources “Dorothy Allison.” Gay & Lesbian Biography. Ed. Michael J. Tyrkus and Michael Bronski. Detroit: St. James Press, 1997. Literature Resource Center . Web. 13 May 2011. Dorothy Allison. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2011. “Dorothy E. Allison.” Contemporary Literary Criticism Select. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Literature Resource Center. Web. 13 May 2011. “Dorothy (E.) Allison.” Feminist Writers. Ed. Pamela Kester-Shelton. Detroit: St. James Press, 1996. Literature Resource Center. Web. 13 May 2011. This page intentionally left blank Conversations with Dorothy Allison This page intentionally left blank ...


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