Allison Funk is a poet and Professor Emerita at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Her new book of poems is The Visible Woman from Parlor Press (2021). She has published five other books of poems: Wonder Rooms (Parlor Press, 2015); The Tumbling Box (C&R Press, 2009); The Knot Garden (Sheep Meadow Press, 2002); Living at the Epicenter (Northeastern University Press, 1995); and Forms of Conversion (Alice James Books, 1986). She was educated at Ohio Wesleyan and Columbia University.

For her work in poetry, she has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as prizes from the Illinois Arts Council and the Poetry Society of America. Her second book of poems, Living at the Epicenter, won the Samuel French Morse Prize and the Society of Midland Authors Award. Her work has been included in a number of anthologies, including The Best American Poetry and When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women, and many journals, including The Paris Review; Poetry; Shenandoah; Field; The Georgia Review; Iowa Review; Prairie Schooner; The Beloit Poetry Journal; Cincinnati Review; Image, and Poetry Northwest. She has been the recipient of residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, Hawthornden Castle International Writers Retreat (Scotland) and the Dora Maar House (France). She has given readings of her work at universities and literary festivals in the U.S. and abroad (some of which include Dartmouth College, Tufts University, the University of Delaware, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, George Mason University, the University of Cincinnati, Scotlandís StAnza Poetry Festival and the Cheltenham Literary Festival in England.)