Alison McGhee

Alison McGhee is the critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author of many books for all ages, from novels for adults, young adults, and children, to picture books and graphic-ish novels, as well as poems, essays, and micro-memoirs. She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Geisel Medal, the Christopher Award, four Minnesota Book Awards, and McKnight Foundation and Minnesota State Arts Board grants. She was a finalist for the German National Book Award, and her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Teaching is a vocation second only to writing for her, and she founded Metropolitan State University's creative writing program, where she taught for many years. She has also taught in various MFA programs, including those at Hamline and Vermont College of Fine Arts, and been a guest artist at Carleton College, Macalester University, and the University of Minnesota. She is also the creator and host of the podcast Words by Winter: Conversations, reflections, and poems about the passages of life. You can find her at