Allison Funk is a poet who teaches English and Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her new book of poems, The Tumbling Box (2009), is from C&R Press. She has published three other books of poems: The Knot Garden (Sheep Meadow Press, 2002); Living at the Epicenter (Northeastern University Press, 1995); and Forms of Conversion (Alice James Books, 1986). She is also the author of a chapbook, From the Sketchbooks of Vanessa Bell, from the Parallel Press (2002).

For her work in poetry, she has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and prizes from Poetry and the Poetry Society of America. Her second book of poems, Living at the Epicenter, won the Samuel French Morse Prize and the Society of Midland Authors Award. Her work has been included in a number of anthologies, including The Best American Poetry and When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women, and many journals, including The Paris Review; Poetry; Shenandoah; Field; The Georgia Review; Iowa Review; Prairie Schooner, and Poetry Northwest. She has been the recipient of residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, Hawthornden Castle International Writers Retreat (Scotland) and the Dora Maar House (France). She has given readings of her work at a host of universities and literary festivals (some of which include Dartmouth College, Tufts University, the University of Delaware, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, George Mason University, the University of Cincinnati, Scotlandís StAnza Poetry Festival and the Cheltenham Literary Festival in England.)