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Allison Epstein is a Chicago-based writer pursuing her MFA in fiction at Northwestern University. She is represented by Bridget Smith at JABberwocky Literary for current and future projects. Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Allison received her BA in creative writing from the University of Michigan in 2014.

Allison’s fiction has been published in journals including Luna Station Quarterly, Hypertrophic Literary, the Chicago Reader, and others. Her creative nonfiction and essays have appeared in The Rathalla Review, The Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, and others, and she is a regular contributor to the American Book Review. She is an editor emeritus of Adios Barbie, and was the inaugural recipient of the Emerging Writers Award from the University of Michigan’s Residential College.

Topics that repeatedly find their way into Allison’s fiction include: church schisms, rats, high-stakes dinner parties, the Decembrist revolt of 1825, junior employees making shocking discoveries, Anne of Cleves, librarians, and dysfunctional Midwestern couples passive-aggressively making breakfast.

Allison is also a senior copywriter with a focus on B2B, healthcare, and nonprofit clients. Her work has received nominations for both B2 and Ace awards.