Allyson is a graduate of the MFA program at George Mason University. She was listed in Narrative Magazine as one of 30 Under 30 exceptional emerging authors and has been nominated for Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, two Pushcart Prizes, a PEN/O. Henry Prize, and the Tobias Wolff Annual Fiction Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in Emprise Review, Coal City Review, Narrative Magazine, Bellingham Review, Ruminate, Redux, Buried Letter Press, Citron Review, and A River and Sound Review. Her short story “Oasis” was awarded the $1,000 William Van Dyke prize by Time magazine’s top-five bestselling author, Leif Enger. Her most recently published story, “Doomsday” was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. She is currently completing an original collection of toddler-captured poetry, Don’t the Trees Need Sweaters, with illustrations by artist Jeanie C. Brandt, and a novel. She resides in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband Chris, daughter Evie, and kitty Althea.