1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Jane Alison

Professor and Director of Creative Writing

405 Bryan Hall

Office Hours:

T 12:00 - 4:00
W 12:00 - 4:00
and by appointment

Class Schedule:

M 2:00 - 4:30

Degrees

M.F.A. Columbia University, 1993
B.A. Princeton University (magna cum laude), 1983

Specialties

Creative Writing

Books

Nine Island, Catapult, 2016
The Sisters Antipodes, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
Natives and Exotics, Harcourt, 2005
The Marriage of the Sea, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
The Love-Artist, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001

Stories:

  • “Bilbao,” TriQuarterly 132 (2008)
  • “Mary M.,” Five Points (Winter 2006)
  • “The Plant Hunter,” Seed Magazine (July/August 2004)

Essays and reviews:

  • "But I've Got Ovid," Virginia Quarterly Review (Summer 2016)
  • "Ancient Narrative Now," Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics 23.2 (Fall 2015)
  • "Catoptrica" Studies in Literary Imagination (Fall 2016)
  • Review of Anne Carson’s NOX. “A Year in Reading,” www.themillions.com (19 December 2011)
  • “Why I Was Driven to Drive,” Washington Post (22 May 2010). Reprinted in Minneapolis Star Tribune, Charleston Daily Mail, Dallas Morning News, Portland Press Herald,
  • “This Life,” YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday (U.K.) (20 September 2009)
  • “Two Fathers Too Few,” International Herald Tribune (10 June 2009)
  • “Some Pointers for Palin,” Boston Globe (19 May 2009)
  • “Swapping Fathers, Swiftly,” New York Times (1 March 2009)
  • “The Third Victim in Bernhard Schlink’s Der Vorleser” (peer reviewed), The Germanic Review (Spring 2006)
  • “Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut”: A Masque in Disguise” (peer reviewed), Postscript: Essays in Film and the Humanities (Fall 2003

Musical collaborations:

  • “XENIA,” song-cycle, with music by Thomas Sleeper, performed by tenor John Duykers, Albany Records, 2010
  • “The Sisters Antipodes,” mini-opera, with music by Thomas Sleeper, performed at Festival Miami and other locations nationally and abroad, 2009
  • “The Marriage of the Sea,” mini-opera, with music by Raina Murnak, performed at Festival Miami, 2009

Honors:

  • Center for the Humanities Fellow, University of Miami (2012-2013)
  • UM Provost Research Award for Summer (2012)
  • UM Max Orovitz Summer Research Awards (summer 2008, 2010)
  • People Magazine Editor’s Pick (March 2009)
  • Nomination for International Kiriyama Pacific Rim Literary Prize (2006)
  • Nomination for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2005)
  • New York Times Notable Book (2003)
  • Residency at Lavigny International Writers Colony, Switzerland (2002)

Recent presentations (selected):

  • American Academy in Rome, Italy (2013), “Ovid Transformed: The Poet and the Metamorphoses
  • Humanities Center, Miami (2012)
  • Brandeis National Committee, Treasure Coast, FL (2011)
  • American Library in Paris (2009)
  • John Adams Institute, Amsterdam (2009)
  • University of South Carolina, “Caught in the Creative Act” (2009)
  • Miami International Book Fair (2009)
  • University of Southern Illinois, “Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival” (2009)
  • George Mason University, “Fall for the Book” (2009)
  • Rutgers University Writers Conference (2007)
  • Bryn Mawr College Creative Writing Program Reading Series (2005)
  • National Public Radio (2005)
  • Karlsruher Bücherschau, Karlsruhe, Germany (2003)
  • Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut, Stuttgart, Germany (2003)
  • Geneva Writers Group International Writers Conference, Geneva, Switzerland (2003, 2002)
  • Lavigny International Writers Residence Reading Series, Lavigny, Switzerland (2002)
  • Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum, Heidelberg, Germany (2001)

www.janealisonauthor.com