Allyn Rosser was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and grew
up in Sparta, New Jersey. She was educated at Middlebury
College and the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned
her Ph.D. in English Literature. She has taught at the Universities
of Houston and Michigan, and now lives in Athens, Ohio where
she teaches in the creative writing program of Ohio University.
Prefigured, her second volume of poems, won the
Crab Orchard Award and was published by Southern Illinois
University Press in 2001. Her first book, Bright
Moves, was selected by Charles Simic to win the
Morse Poetry Prize (Northeastern University Press).
received fellowships from the National Endowment for the
Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, Yaddo, Breadloaf, and the New
Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as the Peter I.B.
Lavan Award for Younger Poets from the Academy of American
Poets, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, and a Pushcart
Prize. Her poems have appeared recently in The Atlantic
Monthly, Poetry, Slate.com, The
Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, Hunger
Mountain, and in several anthologies.
J. Allyn Rosser’s new collection, Foiled Again, won 2007’s New Criterion Poetry Prize and appeared in fall 2007 from Ivan R. Dee.