The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Allison Seay ’02 a 2013 Literature Fellowship in poetry. The $25,000 NEA grant will allow her to work on a second collection. Her first book of poetry, To See the Queen, is scheduled for publication this spring.
Seay, who received the UMW 2012 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, was acting UMW Arrington Poet-in- Residence last spring and taught advanced poetry and creative writing. She was awarded the 2012 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, the 2011 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, and two fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
The Virginia native is contributing editor for The Hollins Critic. She has been a visiting professor at Lynchburg College, assistant director of the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and associate editor of The Greensboro Review. She received a master of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree in English from Mary Washington.