Allison Adele Hedge Coke

Allison Adele Hedge Coke, the Distinguished Professor University of California Riverside (2016–), was most recently awarded the AWP George Garrett Award and inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. She recently served as the 2020 Dan & Maggie Inouye Chair in Democratic Ideals, University of Hawai’i Mānoa, and as Fulbright Scholar in Montenegro (fall 2019). She formerly held the Paul & Clarice Reynolds Chair (University of Nebraska 2007-2012), was a Visiting Distinguished Writer (University of Hawai’i Mānoa, 2014-15), an NEH Visiting Distinguished Chair (Hartwick College 2004), and was a Visiting Artist-Writer (University of Central Oklahoma 2012-2014). Hedge Coke directs UCR Writers Week, the Sandhill Crane Retreat, and Along the Chaparral, memorializing the enshrined. Her books include: The Year of the RatDog Road WomanRock, Ghost, Willow, DeerOff-Season City PipeBlood RunStreamingBurnAhaniEffigies I, II, & III and the forthcoming Look at This Blue (Coffee House Press, 2022). She came from cropping tobacco and working in fields, waters, and factories. Hedge Coke teaches poetry, writing, performance, literature, narrative medicine, and cultural theory and philosophy.