Allison is an experienced graphic designer for Tupelo Press who has seen numerous books from manuscripts to print with attention to detail and exquisite results. Allison handles each book with professional care, tending to the unique typography to showcase the contents, selecting stunning covers and producing books that are a delight to the eye and hand. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. There she became a 2020 Commonwealth Scholar for the Massachusetts Honors Program and worked as the co-managing editor of MCLA’s literary journal Spires. Allison has poetry published in the 2018, 2019, & 2020 Spires editions and in the 2020 Folktales Literary Journal. She is an Operations Administrator at Tupelo Press.
Kirsten holds a degree from University of Virginia in Environmental Sciences and led a seminar series at UVA in research ethics for a number of years, lecturing and remaining active in the conversation about digital image integrity in the sciences. She founded the Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, supporting teen writers and developing programming for scalable community support for writing as an art for teens. A bookmaker and member of a local letterpress non-profit with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, she enjoys exploring the very slow process of making books by hand, and the relationship of the book to its content. She is working on her first novel.