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Alana Folsom earned a BA in English from Bates College and an MFA in poetry from Oregon State University, where she taught Introduction to Writing and Introduction to Poetry. While earning her MFA, Alana founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of 45th Parallel, OSU's literary magazine. Her work has been published in the Missouri Review, The Journal, Apogee, and others, and she was named a semi-finalist in the 2018 92Y Discovery/ Boston Review Poetry Contest; she is currently a poetry reader for Muzzle Magazine

Originally from Los Angeles, she now lives in Boston with her partner and her cat, Birthday.


Alana writes poetry that explores the intersections of grief, female sexuality, and the current political landscape. Borrowing from Carolyn Forche's concept of "social poetry," Alana writes from a place where the personal is magnified into the political, and the political is collapsed into the personal. She believes poetry should be both accessible and uncomfortable.