Alison Pelegrin

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Poet Laureate of Louisiana, 2023-2025

Alison Pelegrin was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received an MFA from the University of Arkansas.

Pelegrin is the author of Waterlines (Louisiana State University Press, 2016); Hurricane Party (University of Akron Press, 2012); Big Muddy River of Stars (University of Akron Press, 2007), which received the 2006 Akron Poetry Prize; and The Zydeco Tablets (Word Press, 2002).

About Pelegrin’s poetry, Martha Serpas writes, “Alison Pelegrin is one of the sharpest wits to come out of the Bayou State in a long time. She can conjure Louisiana’s present-tense, unapologetic, tragicomic drama with authenticity.”

Pelegrin is the recipient of a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University and lives in Covington, Louisiana. In 2023, she was appointed the poet laureate of Louisiana through 2025. 


Waterlines (Louisiana State University Press, 2016)
Hurricane Party (University of Akron Press, 2012)
Big Muddy River of Stars (University of Akron Press, 2007)
The Zydeco Tablets (Word Press, 2002)