Dorothy Allison

American writer, poet, novelist, critic

Dorothy Allison (born April 11, 1949) is an American lesbian writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She was raised in Greenville, South Carolina. She is legally blind in her right eye.

Dorothy Allison in 2011

Her mother soon married and when Dorothy was 5, her step-father started sexually abusing her. This continued until she managed to tell a relative. Dorothy's mother quickly found out and stopped the abuse but managed to keep the family together.


  • I do not write about nice people. I am not nice people. Neither is anyone I have ever cared deeply about.
    • Skin: Talking About Sex, Class And Literature
  • I want to write a great book — I want to make a difference — I want to have adventures and take enormous risks and be everything they say we are and not give a damn what anyone says.
    • Foreword to My Dangerous Desire: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home by Amber L. Hollibaugh, pg. xii.
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