photo - Tom Bertram
Allison Wallace hails from the piney woods of southeastern
Louisiana, in the upper toe of the “boot,” right on the Pearl River
and about an hour’s drive from New Orleans. Having spent her
childhood there and along coastal Texas and Mississippi, she went on
to attend the University of Mississippi and later the University of
North Carolina, where she completed doctoral work in American
literature in 1992.
Her first full-time faculty post, at Unity
College in central Maine, lasted nine years, where she taught
interdisciplinary humanities courses in the literature and history
of the American land. All those cold, bitter New England springs
(not the winters, which were wonderful) eventually moved her to
trace her way back South, via the
Honors College at the
of Central Arkansas, where she has been since the fall of 2001—minus
a half year spent on a Fulbright grant at the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan.
As time permits, she enjoys reading,
writing, hiking, canoeing, traveling, gardening, and—of
course!—keeping honeybees. Food and farming, as well as the art of
the essay, remain her personal and professional passions.
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