Allison Wright is the executive editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. She also serves as president of the nonprofit literary organization WriterHouse and editor of Tiny Hardcore Press. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, VQR, Popular Mechanics, the Texas Observer, Literary Hub, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Overseas Press Club.
At national conferences, college talks, and other events, she has presented on several topics, including the representation of women in media, sports & media, adolescents in America, competitive cheerleading, the future of journal editing, socially conscious fiction, debut novels, and alternative-academic careers. Work she has edited has been honored with inclusion in several of the Best American series anthologies and has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award, among other prizes.
She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she wrote a doctoral dissertation on the cultural history of cheerleading. While there, she taught courses on youth cultures, women in US history, American autobiography, classics of world poetry, and matrimony in America. At the University of Virginia, she taught a course on “Sports, Media, & Society,” and she also sponsors the Wahoo Sports Network, the university’s student organization for sports and media.
A native Texan, she lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her two dogs, The Nickel & The Penny—or Six Cents, collectively.
She can never have enough coffee.