Allison Coffelt lives and writes in Columbia, Missouri. Her first book, Maps Are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip Through Haiti, explores a decade-long interest in Haiti and interrogates the line between here and there. Maps Are Lines We Draw was released by Lanternfish Press on March 20, 2018 and is available from the publisher, Amazon, and Indiebound. Excerpts of the book have appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Anchor Magazine, Oxford Public Health Magazine, and the Crab Orchard Review. Selections have been awarded the 2015 University of Missouri Graduate Program Essay Prize and have been finalists in the 2015 Crab Orchard Review Literary Nonfiction Prize and the 2016 San Miguel Writer's Workshop Essay Contest.
Additionally, her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hippocampus, museum of americana, Prick of the Spindle, and elsewhere. She has earned fellowships and attended the Sundress Academy for the Arts, the Kenyon Review Writers' Workshop, Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop, and the Tin House Writers' Workshop. She has been a featured speaker, reader, and teacher at several universities and workshops.
She holds a Master's degree in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Missouri. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in English from Truman State University.