Pitt's Visiting Poet-in-Residence, Alison C. Rollins

February 16, 2023 - 7:30pm

Join us for a reading by our visiting Writer-in-Residence, the poet Alison C. Rollins. She is currently an MFA candidate in Literary Arts at Brown University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard University and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In 2019, she was named a National Endowment for the Arts Literature fellow. In 2021, her essay "Dispatch from the Racial Mountain" was selected by contest judge Kiese Laymon as the winner of the Gulf Coast prize in nonfiction. Her work, across genres, has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Iowa Review, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she was a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. Rollins has been awarded support from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and is a recipient of the 2018 Rona Jaffe Writers' Award. A 2020 Pushcart Prize winner, her debut poetry collection Library of Small Catastrophes (Copper Canyon Press, 2019) was a 2020 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award nominee. Rollins has held faculty as well as librarian appointments at various institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Colorado College, and Pacific Northwest College of Art.  

Location and Address

This reading will be held in room 501 of the Cathedral of Learning. Take the elevator to the 5th Floor, and look for the double glass doors: that's 501. 

The Cathedral of Learning is located at 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. Parking is available on the street and in the nearby Soldiers & Sailors Parking Garage.