Dorothy Allison - Support of Small Presses

Support of Small Presses

Allison founded The Independent Spirit Award (not to be confused with the Independent Spirit Awards) in 1998, a prize given annually to an individual whose work within the small press and independent bookstore circuit has helped sustain that enterprise. The award is administered by the Astraea Foundation and is designed to encourage people and institutions that are vital to supporting new writers and introducing readers to works that may otherwise go unread.

She has contributed to Conditions, the Village Voice, the New York Native, and the Voice Literary Supplement.

Allison is a member of the board of International PEN. She serves on the advisory boards of the National Coalition Against Censorship, Feminists for Free Expression, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, a prize that is presented annually to a science fiction or fantasy work that explores and expands on ideas of gender.

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