Allyson is a graduate of the MFA program at George Mason University where she was the recipient of a Mary Roberts Rinehart award and a Completion Fellowship for fiction. She was listed in Narrative Magazine as one of 30 Under 30 exceptional emerging authors and has been nominated for Best American Short StoriesBest New American Voices, two Pushcart Prizes, a PEN/O. Henry Prize, and the Tobias Wolff Annual Fiction Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in Coal City Review, Narrative Magazine, Bellingham Review, RuminateRedux, Buried Letter Press, Citron Review, among others. Her short story “Oasis” was awarded the $1,000 William Van Dyke prize by Time magazine’s top-five bestselling author, Leif Enger. She resides in the Washington, DC metro with her husband, daughter, and animal menagerie where she is completing a novel, Radius