Ms. Allison Amend

New York, United States

Allison Amend was born in Chicago on a day when the Cubs beat the Mets 2-0. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Comparative Literature, she received her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work has received awards from and appeared in One Story, Black Warrior Review, StoryQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Atlantic Monthly, Prairie Schooner and Other Voices, and The New York Times among other publications. Allison is the author of the IPPY Award-winning short story collection, Things That Pass for Love, (OV Books, 2008) and the historical novel, Stations West (LSU's Yellow Shoe Fiction Series, 2010), which was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize and the Oklahoma Book Award. In 2013, her new novel A Nearly Perfect Copy, was published by Nan A Talese/Doubleday in 2013. She is an Assistant Professor at Lehman College in New York and a faculty member at the Red Earth Low Residency MFA in Oklahoma.



  • A Nearly Perfect Copy , Nan A. Talese (April 2, 2012)
  • Stations West , Louisiana State University Press (March 1, 2010)
  • Things That Pass for Love , OV Books/Dzanc Books (September 1, 2008)


  • Sami Rohr Prize Finalist(2011)
  • Oklahoma Book Award Finalist(2011)


  • Assistant Professor at Lehman College
  • Faculty Member at Red Earth MFA


  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Stanford University
  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from Iowa Writers' Workshop (May 1996)

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