A collection of poetry by Allison Joseph.
“Allison Joseph is a gifted poet, endowed with a quiet and rich sense of human warmth and spirit. Her work is a proud addition to the celebratory voice-choir of a new generation of Aframerican poets.”—Marilyn Nelson
“With the publication of Soul Train Allison Joseph moves into the forefront of American poets under thirty. Unabashedly jubilant, always direct in her manner, and possessed of an abundant relish bodily life, she has created a moving book by baring the anatomy of one of our poetry’s most neglected subjects: fun.”—Rodney Jones
ALLISON JOSEPH was born in London, England, in 1967 to parents of Caribbean heritage. She grew up in Toronto and the Bronx, New York. A graduate of Kenyon College and Indiana University, she has taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and currently teaches at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her first book, What Keeps Us Here, won the 1992 Women Poets Series Prize and was published by Ampersand Press. The same volume received the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize from Ploughshares and Emerson College. Her other awards include a Fellowship in Poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, the Stanley P. Young Fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She lives in Carbondale, Illinois, with her husband, poet Jon Tribble.