Allison Alcéna is a writer, program manager, educator and lover of all things Black. Allison hails from Spring Valley, New York and after attending East Ramapo schools, they graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature and Black Studies. Over the course of their undergraduate career, Allison researched how children’s literature can be a catalyst for social change and how Black children are represented in works. Allison’s non-fiction and blogging addresses some of the challenges faced by young Black professionals and those who are transitioning out of college life, while their fiction work gives voice to the vulnerabilities Black women and girls are often encouraged to hide, touching on topics such as isolation, mental illness, and dreaming.
Professionally, Allison focuses on program management and youth development to uplift marginalized voices. They are adept at event planning, facilitation, data management, and mentoring. More information about Allison’s current fellowship can be found here and here.
[Image description: Header image is a watercolor painting of Allison’s eyes with clear glasses. Near biography is a photograph of Allison wearing tortoiseshell glasses and a black turtleneck with their hair in a ponytail.]
Header artwork by Tiffany Freeman.