Flumes Volume 2: Issue 1, Summer 2017 - Page 117

Contributor Bios

S.J. Alexander

I am currently a student at Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies Bachelor program, and have attained an Associates in Arts and Sciences, in Motion Picture and Television Production. I often write creative works, like “Omni Five,” and am a screenwriter.

I was inspired to write “Omni Five” after watching films like Interstellar, where some of the biggest and most profound questions we ask ourselves about our place in the larger scheme of things come into clearer focus. I want the reader to come to their own conclusion and interpretations regarding Omni and his Little Orb, and hope they find something within the piece that speaks and resonates with them.

Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of a fifteen-year-old unwed mother who worked as a waitress. Now living in Northern California with her partner Alix and her teenage son, Wolf Michael, she describes herself as a feminist, a working class story teller, a Southern expatriate, a sometime poet and a happily born-again Californian.

An award winning editor for Quest, Conditions, and Outlook—early feminist and Lesbian & Gay journals, Allison's chapbook of poetry, The Women Who Hate Me, was published with Long Haul Press in 1983. Her short story collection, Trash (1988) was published by Firebrand Books. Trash won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing.

Allison received mainstream recognition with her novel Bastard Out of Carolina, (1992) a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. The novel won the Ferro Grumley prize, an ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, became a bestseller, and an award-winning movie. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

The expanded edition of Trash (2002) included the prize winning short story, "Compassion" selected for both Best American Short Stories 2003 and Best New Stories from the South 2003.

Awarded the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, Allison is a member of the board of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.