Allyson is a graduate of the MFA program at George Mason University. She was listed in Narrative Magazine as one of 30 Under 30 exceptional emerging authors and has been nominated for 2012 Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, two Pushcart Prizes, a PEN/O. Henry Prize, and the 2012 Tobias Wolff Annual Fiction Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in Emprise Review, Coal City Review, Narrative Magazine, Bellingham Review, Ruminate, Redux, Buried Letter Press, Citron Review, A River and Sound Review, and is forthcoming in a special edition of the U.K.-based journal Strutco. Her short story “Oasis” was awarded the $1,000 William Van Dyke prize by Time magazine’s top-five bestselling author, Leif Enger. Her most recently published story, “Doomsday” was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. She is currently finishing a chapbook Homefront, a full-length story collection, and a novel. She resides in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband Chris and daughter Evie.