About Allyson Shaw

Portrait by Gordan Fraser using the wet plate method and an antique Collodion camera.

Portrait by Gordan Fraser using the wet plate method and an antique Collodion camera.

Praise for The Bon-bon and Love Token:

Here Narrative–if elsewhere in disgrace,/dares lift her skirts–she’s armed with talons–/and show her face./What’s this she hurls with both her fists?/Bonbons from the burning moon/to poison our parents–/not a moment too soon.” –Rikki Ducornet

Allyson Shaw lives in York where she writes, reads and makes shiny things for her online shop, Feral Strumpet. Poetry was the bootcamp for her prose and she now writes mostly fiction, across genres and forms.

An award-winning poet, she is author of The Bon-bon and Love Token, a Powell’s poetry best-seller. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her poems have been selected for awards by Pulitzer Prize winners John Ashbery and Charles Simic. Much of her fiction and poetry has appeared in anthologies and literary journals, including the National Gallery Publication Tiger Seen on Shaftsbury Avenue. She has recently worked in collaboration with the artist Edith Abeyta. Her self-published novel, The Desperate Ones, could be describe as Bonnie and Clyde meets Escape from New York in a cyberpunk London. She has taught writing at Long Beach City College and received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine.

“Allyson Shaw’s poetry wrestles fearlessly with strong angels, and invokes the aid of some great provocateurs – William Blake and Sylvia Plath among them. The drama is terrific here: Shaw has a righteous quarrel with the order of things, and at the same time her language displays a tender, eloquent love of this world. Passion and pattern strike a rare accord in these poems.”
– Judith Grossman, author of How Aliens Think

“Allyson Shaw renders female experience with the dark wit of Anne Sexton– mixed with the sensual surprise and elegiac glee of Emily Dickinson.” — Jill Hoffman, author of Mink Coat.

You can find her Goodreads author profile here.

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